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Meh, he's younger and has more upside but he's regressed the past couple seasons. Hopefully a change of scenery does him some good and he can produce like he did in '06 and '07 or at least close to it.


*crosses fingers*





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Rob Neyer ripped Minaya on this trade:


From ESPN.com:


Mets and Braves swap RFs

July 10, 2009 6:45 PM

Breaking news!





Francoeur (and first seen on Twitter!) ...

The Mets just announced minutes ago that they have traded Ryan Church to the Braves for Jeff Francoeur.

Like Church in New York, Francoeur was no longer in favor in Atlanta, hitting .250 with five home runs and 35 RBI in 82 games.


Minaya said Francoeur, 25, makes sense as another righthanded bat and, as a former Gold Glove winner, to help with the outfield defense in right.


Wow. Church must really have worn out his welcome with the Mets. Since coming off the DL in early June, Church's line is .290/.336/.402 ... far from good for a corner outfielder, but decent enough compared to most of the Mets' other outfielders ... and of course a far sight prettier than Francoeur's .250/.282/.352 line for the season.

Defense? According to UZR, there's little difference between them and Church might actually be better.


Handedness? With Fernando Tatis and Gary Sheffield, the Mets already had two righty-hitting corner outfielders; now they've got three.


So, let's review: The Braves got a decent hitter and fielder who bats left-handed, and thus can platoon (or semi-platoon) with Matt Diaz in right field. The Mets got ... what, exactly? If you figure it out, drop a line to Jerry Manuel. He's going to need all the help he can get with this one.


Update: Awesome quote from Omar Minaya: "One thing we like about Francoeur is the amount of games that he plays."

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Really the bottom line is this.....take 3 All stars out of a lineup for an extended period of time, a former All star closer and a middle of the rotation guy like Maine and it does not matter what Omar does, the team is fucked.


What I will say is this, in a healthy lineup with Delgado, Beltran and Reyes and Wright with some spot starts for Sheff I like what Franceour could possibly do with that supporting cast as opposed to Church. When Franceour hit in good lineups in 06 and 07 he did drive in 100 runs.


With that said, none of this matters until the above can actually happen.

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