The Kansas City Royals announced that the club has signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a two-year contract extension through 2013.

The 27-year-old Francoeur (or Frenchy as he’s called by teammates) is hitting .277 this season for the Royals, his first with the club. He has recorded 35 doubles, fifth-most in baseball, with three triples, 15 home runs, 66 RBI, 60 runs and a career-high 19 stolen bases.

In addition, the 2007 Rawlings Gold Glove winner is third in the Majors with 12 outfield assists and leads all of baseball with 93 assists since the 2005 season.