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MLB Trade Rumors: Can Jeff Francoeur Replace J.D. Drew For Red Sox?

Jeff Francoeur is the latest player to have his name tied to the Boston Red Sox, as reports have surfaced saying the Boston Red Sox have been in touch with the Kansas City Royals about his availability at the trade deadline.

Francoeur, a right-handed right fielder, would most likely replace J.D. Drew - who is batting .219 with four home runs and 21 RBI and is about to be placed on the DL - in the outfield if he was acquired. But would it help the Red Sox?

This season, Francoeur is batting .269 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI in 97 games. In addition, he has scored 45 runs and has swiped 16 bases for the Royals. His numbers aren't All-Star caliber, but certainly better than Drew's.

Francoeur's would most likely provide a boost in the outfield for a team desperately in need on a right-handed bat. He would most likely split time with the red-hot Josh Reddick, with Drew heading to the bench for good.

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