Just nine days before the start of the El Paso Chihuahuas season, the team's offensive lineup might have just received a big boost. Veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who has spent nine Major League seasons with five different clubs, signed a Minor League deal with the San Diego Padres today. The 30-year old hit .286 with the Cleveland Indians this spring before being cut by the team on Saturday. He is a career .263 hitter with the Braves, Mets, Rangers Royals, and Giants. MLB.com's Corey Brock reports that Francouer will report to San Diego's Minor League camp tomorrow and will most likely begin he season in El Paso.

The Chihuahuas' roster is starting to take shape as right fielder Alex Castellanos and third baseman Ryan Jackson were optioned to Triple-A yesterday. San Diego traded for veteran catcher Adam Moore, who will start the season in El Paso. They will join pitchers Burch Smith, Keyvius Sampson, and Juan Pablo Oramas. Center fielder Reymond Fuentes was also sent to El Paso 10 days ago. The rest of the team's roster is expected to be finalized over the next few days.