Last year the Giants released Jeff Francoeur with five weeks left in the season. He was done with baseball.

“Mentally, I had checked out,” he said.

Teams called Francoeur’s agent to see if he wanted to join them for the September stretch run. He said no. His agent warned him that answer would cost him a big-league job in 2014. Francoeur said he didn’t care, because he needed to get away.

“To put it mildly, I think I was depressed at the end of last year,” said Francoeur, in camp with the Indians on a minor-league deal. “My wife, Catie, and my family came up to see me in Washington when I was with San Francisco. I weighed 201 pounds. I weigh 220 now. I wasn’t eating. I wasn’t taking care of myself.”

After the Giants released him on Aug. 21, Francoeur took his wife and newborn daughter, Emma Cate, to their home in Florida.

“I went to the beach with my wife and little girl and had a blast,” said Francoeur. “I needed time away. ... This was my first time really getting away (from the game) and just enjoying it. We were down there all of September and some of October and I just enjoyed my baby girl.”

Francoeur, 30, has been a good player for wide stretches of his career. He drove in 103 and 106 runs in 2006 and 2007 for Atlanta. In 2011, he had what he called his career year in Kansas City when he hit .285 with 47 doubles, 20 homers, 87 RBI and a .808 OPS.

Last year he was released twice and hit a combined .204 (50-for-245) with 10 doubles, three homers and 17 RBI with the Royals and Giants. What happened?

“I lost confidence in myself,” said Francoeur. “My wife and I had tried to have a baby for three years. We had a little baby girl on the Monday of All-Star week last year. It was our first baby. We’d gone through two miscarriages and gone through some issues.”

Francoeur was released by the Royals on July 5 and signed by the Giants to a minor-league deal on July 9. He played one game with San Francisco before leaving the team for Emma Cate’s birth on July 15. Four days later he was back in the Giants' lineup.