OF Jeff Francoeur becomes free agent

Outfielder Jeff Francoeur officially became a free agent after he was outrighted off the Texas Rangers' 40-man roster, cleared waivers and declined his outright assignment.

The Rangers acquired the 26-year-old Francoeur on Aug. 31 from the New York Mets for infielder Joaquin Arias. He batted .340 (18-for-53) with two homers and 11 RBIs in 15 games for the Rangers after the trade, playing primarly against left-handed pitching. He was 3-for-24 in the postseason.

Francoeur could still wind up returning to the Rangers, who have plenty of outfield depth at this point. He was a good fit in the Rangers' clubhouse, as he was well-liked by everyone in the organization. He had a great attitude the entire stretch run and helped keep the clubhouse loose during some stressful moments.

Francoeur, who showed he could hit left-handed pitching, hit just .237 in 401 at-bats for the Mets after coming over in a trade from Atlanta in 2009.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter.