Padres Promote Francoeur; Maybin Suspended
The carousel that is the San Diego Padres 25-man roster continues at full speed into the end of July as the team has promoted outfielder Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso.
Francoeur’s call-up to the Majors became necessary following the suspension of outfielder Cameron Maybin who violated MLB’s drug use policy by testing positive for amphetamines. Maybin will be serving a 25 game suspension. The announcement came via the Padres’ official Friarwire blog and the team Twitter account at noon on Wednesday.
The 30-year old Francoeur is no stranger to Major League Baseball, as he spent parts of 9 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, and most recently the San Francisco Giants in 2013. Over those 9 seasons, Francoeur sports a career .264/.306/.419 line with 618 RBI and 140 Career homeruns.
Francoeur was signed to a minor league deal with the Padres during the offseason, and has fared well in Triple-A baseball, posting a .294/.325/.465 line with 60 RBI and 15 Homeruns with the El Paso Chihuahuas. Francoeur is expected to join the team in Chicago and be ready to jump into the lineup if necessary.
Maybin, 27, has been plagued by injuries in recent years, appearing in only 76 games since the start of the 2013 season. Maybin’s start to the 2014 campaign was inhibited by various injuries, resulting in a subpar line of .247/.286/.368 with 9 RBI and 1 Homerun. These numbers are not far off from his standard career numbers, however, as Maybin’s 9 seasons has warranted a .248/.309/.370 line.
Team President and CEO Mike Dee added “I’m disappointed in Cameron’s violation of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, but am pleased that he’s taking responsibility for his mistake. The Joint Agreement was put into place to protect both the player and the game, and the Padres fully support it.”
Major League Baseball also made an official statement regarding the suspension:
“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Maybin is effective immediately.”
Maybin will be available to re-join the club on August 20th when the team is in Los Angeles.