The club announced Thursday that Francoeur had signed a two-year
contract extension through 2013. He's hitting .277 in his first year with the Royals, with 15 home runs, 66 RBIs and a career-high 19 stolen bases.
The affable veteran has also been a clubhouse leader and mentor for the Royals, who are the youngest team in the major leagues. He's also third in the majors with 12 outfield assists.
Francoeur signed a one-year contract with the Royals last Dec. 15.