Mets Trying To Trade Jeff Francoeur

The Mets are trying to trade Jeff Francoeur, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. The right fielder is playing less now that Carlos Beltran is healthy, and a friend told Puma that Francoeur would welcome a trade if he were given the chance to play every day. 

Francoeur has hit .277/.315/.437 with 18 homers since the Mets acquired him for Ryan Church about a year ago. Much of Francoeur's production came in 2009, however; this year his OPS sits at .673. 

Any team looking to add Francoeur will have to consider his $5MM salary (he'll earn about $2MM between now and the end of the season). If Francoeur finishes the season well, his team can retain him for 2011 through arbitration, but he is a non-tender candidate at this point.


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73 Comments on "Mets Trying To Trade Jeff Francoeur"


Michael Brown
5 years 12 days ago

Braves fans knew it was only a matter of time…

RiverKKiller999
5 years 12 days ago

Lol,The Mets are starting to see the light with Francoeur just like the Braves did.

dawgpaddlez
5 years 12 days ago

regardless..how did ryan church work out

bbxxj
5 years 12 days ago

Well considering the Braves are 100-71 since trading Francoeur…

Just_MLB
5 years 11 days ago

well considering their bullpen and SP is alot better…im sure u can attribute that to Jeff Francour’s departure as well…

scottandwtb
5 years 12 days ago

He did better in ATL than Francoeur did (OPS+ of 99, compared to Frenchy’s 68(!). And then he was released. No big deal.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 12 days ago

Fine,I’d take Church’s .260 AVG / .342 OBP/.402 SLG/.749 OPS then Francoeur’s .250 AVG/.282 OBP/.352 SLG/.634/OPS anyday thank you very much.

5 years 10 days ago

where IS Ryan Church right now?

How long was he on the ‘bravos’?

And what did you get in return for him?

RiverKKiller999
5 years 10 days ago

We got Cookies!!!!!!! yummmy!

k26dp
5 years 12 days ago

The Braves could have traded Franceour for some Broadway show tickets and come out ahead on this trade. They got rid of an unproductive player making millions of dollars and managed to weaken a division rival in the process.

5 years 11 days ago

Doesn’t really matter. The Francoeur/Church Trade had a lot to do with the PR hit that might have suffered for releasing Jeff. No one really cared if Church stayed with the team, thus the reason so many Braves fans view the trade as a win. That and the fact that he went to the Mets.

DK8
5 years 10 days ago

How did Ryan Church work out? Who cares?

The Braves would have won this trade if they had given Francouer to the Mets for a signed slip of paper from Omar saying the Mets would play him 80% of the time!

5 years 12 days ago

I know Francoeur is a free swinger and all, but I like him. And for whatever reason I think the Mets need his presence. Add this to the list of things making the Mets a losing brand.

5 years 12 days ago

Why should we add this to the list? Francoeur is a 4th outfielder on a team that he used to be a starter. It only makes sense for the Mets to trade him and attempt to get some sort of pitching back in return. Nevermind the fact that he’s eligible for Arbitration after the season. And he wants to start. So, ultimately, if the Mets can trade Francoeur and get some pitching in return it’s a win/win for everyone.

But, you’re right. Because you said so, we’ll add this to the list…

East Coast Bias
5 years 11 days ago

There you go using that logic thing again..

5 years 12 days ago

Trading one of the worst starting players in baseball, statistically, in the past few years makes it to this “list?” I’d love to see this “list.”

bjsguess
5 years 12 days ago

No team needs Francouer. On virtually any team he is taking away AB’s from players who are better. It’s that simple.

The Mets won’t get anything for Francouer unless they pick up the vast majority of the contract. Right now, the guy is worth nothing but is still getting a nice paycheck.

johnsilver
5 years 12 days ago

Hate to disagree with you here, but I think Boston would maybe take him.. For Mike Lowell if the mets would take ALL of Lowell’s salary in exchange (12M pro rated) which i doubt they will. That shows you again how little use frenchy is and everyone knows how beaten up Boston has been on OF’ers this year..

johnsilver
5 years 12 days ago

Hate to disagree with you here, but I think Boston would maybe take him.. For Mike Lowell if the mets would take ALL of Lowell’s salary in exchange (12M pro rated) which i doubt they will. That shows you again how little use frenchy is and everyone knows how beaten up Boston has been on OF’ers this year..

bjsguess
5 years 12 days ago

No team needs Francouer. On virtually any team he is taking away AB’s from players who are better. It’s that simple.

The Mets won’t get anything for Francouer unless they pick up the vast majority of the contract. Right now, the guy is worth nothing but is still getting a nice paycheck.

icedrake523
5 years 12 days ago

How does getting rid of one of the worst corner OFs in the game contribute to a losing brand?

5 years 10 days ago

Everyone is saying that Francoeur is worthless and whatnot… although he hasn’t hit doesn’t mean he can’t contribute to his team.

I personally, as a Met fan, can recall countless times where he would save the Mets a run. Opposing 3rd base coaches would rather play it safe then to test Jeff’s arm. With a team who has lackluster SP past Santana and Niese (at the moment), runs are at a premium. Therefore Jeff’s ability to prevent runs is crucial. Now that he isn’t playing everyday… we’ll see what happens.

icedrake523
5 years 12 days ago

How does getting rid of one of the worst corner OFs in the game contribute to a losing brand?

5 years 12 days ago

Good riddance.

The Mets already have enough “good guys” on the team. This whole “he’s a good clubhouse guy” is sort of like saying an ugly girl is “nice” instead of saying what she really is…

CharlotteChop
5 years 12 days ago

He is not a good clubhouse guy – this is the farce of it all. He never adjusted his swing, no matter who tried to work for him, publicly shamed Terry Pendleton by going to work with Jaramillo in the offseason ( to no avail) and trashed the Braves for sending him down to AA to work on his game. He is not a clubhouse guy. When he is playing every day, getting his way, he is fine. What is the Mets record since he went to the bench, 2-7? It will only get worse with him saying “Trade me, so i can play everyday”. He’s a good kid, but not a good teammate or good clubhouse guy. Braves are 100-71 since he left.

5 years 12 days ago

Thus the quotes.

I’m not in the clubhouse, so I couldn’t tell you either way–but the Mets sure like to point to that as the reason he’s still wearing orange and blue.

East Coast Bias
5 years 11 days ago

ugly!

Kitfisto007
5 years 12 days ago

Red Sox will give you Mike Lowell or a low tier or a project like rp Robert manuel or fernando cabrera.

wolf9309
5 years 12 days ago

they’d probably trade lowell and his salary for francoeur and his salary and then just release francoeur. Definitely not worth Manuel in any way, and probably not worth a roster spot if he cost no money or prospects. Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava, and Bill Hall are all better outfield options for the Sox.

wolf9309
5 years 12 days ago

they’d probably trade lowell and his salary for francoeur and his salary and then just release francoeur. Definitely not worth Manuel in any way, and probably not worth a roster spot if he cost no money or prospects. Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava, and Bill Hall are all better outfield options for the Sox.

coach_coryell
5 years 12 days ago

“(Insert Team Name) Trying To Trade Jeff Francoeur.”
“Baseball Season: 162 Games.”
“Trees: Often Used to Make Baseball Bats.”

The likable Frenchy is not good.

budman3
5 years 12 days ago

Francouer to the Royals for Kyle Farnsworth. Even swap of players and salary and uselesness.

5 years 12 days ago

Considering Farnsworth has been productive this season, I would probably make this deal.

rayking
5 years 12 days ago

If I was the Royals, I would not make this deal. I guess Scotty Pods would be the OF benched for Frenchy… Farnsworth has actually been solid this year (perhaps low pressure situations suit him best), and I don’t see Podsednik -> Frenchy being much of an upgrade.

bjsguess
5 years 12 days ago

The Royals should only be concerned about this season. Farnsworth for Francouer makes little sense. If Farnsworth is traded it should be for salary relief and/or cheap talent. Francouer provides neither.

bjsguess
5 years 12 days ago

The Royals should only be concerned about this season. Farnsworth for Francouer makes little sense. If Farnsworth is traded it should be for salary relief and/or cheap talent. Francouer provides neither.

5 years 12 days ago

just cut him loose… you cant get anything for him…

5 years 12 days ago

francoeur is a good guy and a great defensive outfielder with an awesome personality. if the mets were the royals or the pirates, he;d be a good fit. considering the mets gave up the equivalent to a rotten banana for him, its not that big of a deal if he’s gone.

Guest
5 years 12 days ago

Francoeur for Dotel? Francouer for Fransworth? Francouer is trash.

5 years 12 days ago

Pirates are going to get a prospect for Dotel–not a nuisance.

letsgogiants
5 years 11 days ago

Fransworth? Think you mean Farnsworth

5 years 12 days ago

Braves fans are funny – acting like the Mets invested a lot in Frenchy…

coolstorybro222
5 years 12 days ago

When your GM says that he is the future of the team, then we act like that. I find this hilarous and another notch that proves Omar Minaya is a pinhead.

5 years 12 days ago

yea omar must be hating himself after trading the allstar gold glover ryan church for the high potential 26 year old.

iwishihadaclue
5 years 12 days ago

If Minaya really thought he was the future of this team, he would’ve offered him an extension.

iwishihadaclue
5 years 12 days ago

If Minaya really thought he was the future of this team, he would’ve offered him an extension.

Michael Duffy
5 years 12 days ago

When Omar referred to him as “the future of the team”, we all understood it as a meaningless platitude that was in no way, shape, or form to be taken seriously. Just something nice to say instead of “We’ll probably nontender him next year but he’s all we could get for Ryan Church.” Jeff’s 120 OPS+ with the Mets last year makes the trade worth it.

Michael Duffy
5 years 12 days ago

When Omar referred to him as “the future of the team”, we all understood it as a meaningless platitude that was in no way, shape, or form to be taken seriously. Just something nice to say instead of “We’ll probably nontender him next year but he’s all we could get for Ryan Church.” Jeff’s 120 OPS+ with the Mets last year makes the trade worth it.

Ian_Smell
5 years 12 days ago

The Pirates should trade Ryan Church for him. Church is absolutely useless.

Wilsonl
5 years 11 days ago

Francoeur is too.. kinda.

Ian_Smell
5 years 12 days ago

The Pirates should trade Ryan Church for him. Church is absolutely useless.

5 years 12 days ago

YES. Maybe the team has finally gotten over the belief his personality and arm outweighs his awfulness at the plate.

But I’ll be skeptical and say I won’t believe until I see it.

5 years 12 days ago

YES. Maybe the team has finally gotten over the belief his personality and arm outweighs his awfulness at the plate.

But I’ll be skeptical and say I won’t believe until I see it.

RoleModel
5 years 12 days ago

If he is released, he could land a job somewhere pretty easily, if he takes a pay cut, obviously. That can be said about a lot of players though. However, I think he could succeed as a platoon player in Texas, or the occasional spot starter. It’s a hitter’s park, a change in league and division could turn him around. He’s a solid defender with a great arm. Not much speed, but if he could find his power back in Arlington, his arm and bat would make up for that. He just needs to find a good home and re-establish himself. I doubt he’ll get back to his first two ML season form, but there’s always a chance.

bigpat
5 years 12 days ago

He will eventually make it to the Royals once they trade DeJesus and/or Guillen.

bigpat
5 years 12 days ago

He will eventually make it to the Royals once they trade DeJesus and/or Guillen.

icedrake523
5 years 12 days ago

Can the Mets trade him for Lastings Milledge? That would bring it all full circle.

icedrake523
5 years 12 days ago

Can the Mets trade him for Lastings Milledge? That would bring it all full circle.