Royals Like Jeff Francoeur

The Royals 'like' Jeff Francoeur, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The Mets would like to trade Francoeur, and Royals GM Dayton Moore was in the Braves front office when the right-fielder made a name for himself in Atlanta, so the Mets and Royals could become trade partners. About $2MM remains on Francoeur's salary, and that's an obstacle for the Royals, according to Rosenthal.

The 26-year-old told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork that he wouldn't mind getting traded. Even if he stays in New York for the rest of the season, Francoeur may get a change of scenery this winter, since he's a non-tender candidate. Francoeur has hit .247/.297/.380 this year, though he did post an .836 OPS after the Mets traded for him in 2009.


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83 Comments on "Royals Like Jeff Francoeur"


bigpat
5 years 1 month ago

Wow, raise your hand if you didn’t see this one coming. I was starting to think the Royals were getting better. They have a lot of big time prospects and it seems some of the weaker vets are on their way out at the deadline. Bringing in a guy like Franceour would just set them back.

Podsednik is actually a much better player than him right now, and that’s saying something. They need to go with Gordon, Pods, DeJesus (when healthy) in the outfield, and Kila at DH.

damnitsderek
5 years 1 month ago

Pretty soon, Dayton Moore will achieve his goal of piecing together the first ever lineup in which every hitter posts a sub .300 OBP.

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

billy butler gave you a mean look.

damnitsderek
5 years 1 month ago

Hey now, Dayton will find a way to turn Butler into Francoeur or Jose Lopez soon enough.

5 years 1 month ago

…. why?

YaGottaBelieve11
5 years 1 month ago

Frenchie – Aviles swap? About all I can think of given salaries..

pdoubleu
5 years 1 month ago

Isn’t one Louis Castillo enough?

YaGottaBelieve11
5 years 1 month ago

How about one healthy one who can play 3 positions?

5 years 1 month ago

Of course they do. Dayton Moore must have incriminating photos of David Glass stashed away, or he’d be long since unemployed.

5 years 1 month ago

“Hey, it’s the Royals.”

“Yes, it’s ‘Like Like’!”

5 years 1 month ago

Pointless.

5 years 1 month ago

Frenchy, F-Mart, Mejia and others for Greinke

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

others..as in ike davis and flores?

5 years 1 month ago

I believe Davis is an untouchable now and I was thinking of other pitchers but if the Mets add Flores then it should be just that: Frenchy, F-Mart, Mejia and Flores.

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

is this before or after you guys send david wright :]

BWOzar
5 years 1 month ago

With a trade offer like that I’m guessing you’re a regular caller to WFAN in New York. That offer is categorically insane and even Dayton Moore would laugh it off. You want to talk seriously about Greinke – one of the most valuable assets in baseball considering his well under market value contract of 4 years, 38 mil (though it’s backloaded) – and you’re talking a price closer to Ike Davis, Jon Niese, Jenrry Meija AND one of Flores, Martinez or Thole. Even that might not be fair value because none of those players are even close to a sure thing – Davis is the best of the bunch but not a great fit for the Royals considering their roster composition.

Francouer, though he may have some value to KC (don’t ask me what it is), is a likely non-tender candidate this off season. That is not the sort of piece included in a deal for one of the 5 best pitchers in baseball.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Seriously. I’m a Mets fan. Please don’t take people like that to represent all of us. I know better.

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

i actually think a Frenchy Mejia Fmart and thole trade for grienke would be pretty good for both sides

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Respectfully, you’re just wrong. Frenchy’s not a good regular baseball player and he’s had ample time to prove it. Martinez has upside, but he has a limited track record of actually hitting well, and has a huge track record of not taking the field due to injury. Thole could be a solid regular catcher, which is valuable, but not a major building block. Mejia has never shown he can keep his walk rates at a reasonable level above A-Ball and there are real questions about his repertoire, with many still thinking he’s destined for the bullpen.

The Royals have way more reasons to not trade Greinke than to trade him, and he’s so valuable that if he were actually on the market, many, many teams would have Godfather offers to top what you mentioned in a heartbeat.

And again, I say this as a Mets fan. Dayton Moore can have any nine of my fingers and toes thrown in for Greinke.

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

I thank you for disagreeing respectfully… but mejia is regarded as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, thole has been shining on the mlb level and fmart still at 21 has a lot of upside… throw in francouer who the royals like and i bet dayton moore would pounce. You could even throw in reuben tejeda

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

First of all, I assume that Moore likes Francoeur in the flier sense. At his age, performance, track record, and contract, he doesn’t actually add anything to a trade.

Second, you’re ignoring the existence of other teams. Your praise of the guys in the trade is fine, but other teams can and will top that trade. Zero chance the Mets can get Greinke without including Flores, and even then, if the Red Sox build a trade around Buccholz or the Rays make a big play, etc., the Mets will struggle mightily to make the best offer. And if teams are going to go all-in on anyone, it’s Greinke.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

First of all, I assume that Moore likes Francoeur in the flier sense. At his age, performance, track record, and contract, he doesn’t actually add anything to a trade.

Second, you’re ignoring the existence of other teams. Your praise of the guys in the trade is fine, but other teams can and will top that trade. Zero chance the Mets can get Greinke without including Flores, and even then, if the Red Sox build a trade around Buccholz or the Rays make a big play, etc., the Mets will struggle mightily to make the best offer. And if teams are going to go all-in on anyone, it’s Greinke.

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

I thank you for disagreeing respectfully… but mejia is regarded as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, thole has been shining on the mlb level and fmart still at 21 has a lot of upside… throw in francouer who the royals like and i bet dayton moore would pounce. You could even throw in reuben tejeda

rbeezy
5 years 1 month ago

Better get him soon so he can block Gordon ! I feel sorry for Royals fans. They need a new GM in the worst way to handle all thier young talent. Moose and Hosmer look destined to crush the ball on the corners , just need some more pitch talent.

5 years 1 month ago

i can’t believe what i am seeing with my bare eyes

5 years 1 month ago

why would the royals do this they have gordon waiting for a chance to play everyday and dejesus wont be traded now since hes hurt through the deadline. theres no room for francoeur. and they would have to give up someone to get him and unless its guillen, ankiel, kendall its not worth it

damnitsderek
5 years 1 month ago

This is the baseball equivalent of Ricky Martin announcing he likes guys.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

I’d rather date him than have him in right field for my favorite team. Talk about taking one for the team.

damnitsderek
5 years 1 month ago

I feel like dating Francoeur would be a disappointing process. He’d spend the whole time trying to get to first base with you, but tell everyone it’s not important how much he gets there because it’s not on the scoreboard for everyone to see.

5 years 1 month ago

What is it with the Royals and crappy Right Fielders?

melonis_rex
5 years 1 month ago

This was coming. We all knew this. Fire Dayton.

5 years 1 month ago

Anybody remember when the Braves could have pulled off a Francoeur/Zack Greinke trade? I remember it was at least rumored, so it’s neat seeing Francoeur going there like 4 years too late…

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/12/royals-braves-t.html

and

http://www.talkingchop.com/2008/12/9/687483/the-francoeur-rumor-that-j

5 years 1 month ago

wow well that would have to be one of the worst trades ever if it went down…

Koby2
5 years 1 month ago

It was also rumored at that time that Butler would go to the Mariners for Betancourt. Those two trades together would have caused half of KC to commit suicide.

bj82
5 years 1 month ago

Anyone has anything on Greinke and possible being traded??

5 years 1 month ago

Not happening.

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

yeah, their telling you to wake up.

supersteve1492
5 years 1 month ago

If the Royals were willing to do Fran

5 years 1 month ago

If I double posted sorry, I keep getting errors during the posting process!!!

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Omar Minaya trading Jeff Francoeur to Dayton Moore would perfectly illustrate the old Kevin Nealon line: “You don’t have to swim faster than the shark; you just have to swim faster than the person you’re with.”

jcrabtree7
5 years 1 month ago

If I remember correctly, it was Dayton Moore that signed Frenchy to his first pro contract. Chalk another one up for the Land of Misfit Braves. Seriously, Kyle Davies, Brayan Pena, Anthony Lerew, Wilson Betemit, Kyle Farnsworth, Bruce Chen, Roman Colon, formerly Juan Cruz, Ned Yost….and that’s just this year! And of course, who can forget starting Tony Pena Jr at SS for 2 years, ouch!

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Right, Dayton Moore built a career on finding a developing good players. The problem is the ones he could get his hands on in the new gig aren’t the ones anyone would want.

Oh, and the Land of Misfit Braves is a fantastic mental image. Thank you for that. I’m picturing Sid Bream missing an eye and Ryan Klesko walking in circles.

Sampsonite168
5 years 1 month ago

Sadly, I can see a Frenchy/Farnsworth trade happening, which would truly be a trade in which there are no winners.