Francoeur claimed on waivers, will remain with Phils

Outfielder interested in staying in Philadelphia beyond this season

Francoeur claimed on waivers, will remain with Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Every time Jeff Francoeur hits a home run, somebody wonders why a contender would not want him for the stretch run.

But Francoeur will not be traded before the Aug. 31 waiver Trade Deadline. A source confirmed an ESPN.com report that Francoeur did not clear revocable waivers. A team claimed him, but the Phillies could not strike a deal with that team.

That team could be the Pirates, who expressed interest in Francoeur before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Francoeur said before Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Mets that he is more than happy to finish the season with the Phillies.

"I've enjoyed my time here," he said. "I think they know that."

Francoeur is hitting .269 (68-for-253) with 13 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, 38 RBIs and a .766 OPS. His OPS ranks second on the team only to Maikel Franco (.830), among Phillies with a 150 or more at-bats.

Francoeur will be a free agent after the season. The Phillies seem interested in bringing him back, but nobody knows what will happen. First, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s contract expires after the season and incoming president Andy MacPhail has not announced any decision about the GM spot. The Phillies also need to decide who their manager is going to be, if it is not going to be interim manager Pete Mackanin.

Of course, then the Phillies have to figure out how they want to configure their 2016 outfield.

"I would come back for the right situation," Francoeur said. "Once they figure all that out, yeah, I'd definitely be interested."

Could he handle another season on a rebuilding team?

"I could. I really could," Francoeur said. "I like where we're going right now. Hell, we have the [fourth]-best record in the National League in the second half. At the same time, I'm not saying I've got to play every day, but I would want an opportunity to play if I'm playing well. I'm not saying every day, though. But for the right opportunity, yeah, I'd definitely come back."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.