Tag:Jeff Francoeur
Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:40 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 10:54 pm

Mets flip Francoeur to Texas

Jeff Francoeur
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports via Twitter that clubhouse attendants in Atlanta were cleaning out the locker of outfielder Jeff Francoeur after Tuesday's game, which is a pretty good indication he's been moved.

The Rangers were said during the day to be working on a trade for Francoeur, who was unhappy and unproductive as a $5 million fourth outfielder in New York. Though he's batting a miserable .236/.293/.369 overall, he's a much more respectable .278/.355/.412 against left-handed pitching, which could make him marginally valuable as a platoon guy and pinch-hitter. Jorge Cantu, whom they acquired at the deadline, was supposed to give them a boost against lefties but has batted just .211 since the trade.

UPDATE: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram confirms that the Mets are sending Francoeur and cash to Texas in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias.

Trivia bit: The Rangers acquired Arias as the player to be named later in the Alex Rodriguez trade to the Yankees. The Rangers were given a list of Yankees minor leaguers from which to pick and chose Arias when they could have had Robinson Cano. Oops.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 7:03 pm

Report: Rangers target Lowell

Mike Lowell
Since it became clear they have a legitimate shot to be a championship contender this season, the Rangers have been pushing hard to add players, with a hand in seemingly every trade rumor.

Well, MLB.com says that with the deadline to add postseason-eligible players just hours away, the Rangers are still hammering the phone lines. Some reports out of New York have had Mets odd man out Jeff Francoeur headed to Texas (he could be non-tendered if the deadline passes and the Mets can't move him), but T.R. Sullivan reports that it's another odd man out -- Boston's Mike Lowell -- who is the Rangers' top target.

The Rangers almost dealt for Lowell last winter until it surfaced that he needed thumb surgery. He's cropped up several times this year in rumors about the Rangers. But now it could finally happen. The Rangers' deadline acquisition of the Marlins' Jorge Cantu has been a disaster in the early going, as he's batting .211 in 18 games since the trade. Lowell would be another right-handed infield option.

Players must be added to a team's roster by midnight ET tonight in order to be eligible for that team's postseason roster.

UPDATE: Now Sullivan counters his own report, saying a Rangers official told him "Nothing is happening with Lowell." The Dallas Morning News says the Francoeur thing is still alive.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 6:59 pm

Mets send Castillo, Francoeur to bench

Luis Castillo
The Mets' bench got a lot more expensive Saturday, as they decided to let the kids take a shot where the veterans are falling short.

Manager Jerry Manuel said Ruben Tejada, called up Saturday along with Fernando Martinez, will be the everyday second baseman, supplanting Luis Castillo. Outfielder Martinez will be in a right-handed platoon with Jeff Francoeur, meaning he'll get most of the starts. Castillo (pictured) is making $6 million this season and batting .246/.341/.287; Francoeur is making $5 million and batting .241/.295/.378.

"When you lose the games that we've been losing, you just have to try to do something different," general manager Omar Minaya told ESPNNewYork.com. "There's nothing wrong trying something different with young players. ... This is about trying to find something different to get us to score some runs."

Tejada, 20, played 35 games with the Mets previously this season, batting .212. Martinez, 21, batted .176 in 29 games early in 2009.

Putting guys that young with no history of producing in the majors in starting positions looks an awful lot like running up the white flag on the season, but Minaya insists that's not the case.

"It's always developmental when you bring the young kids up," Minaya said. "But we feel we're still in a pennant race."

To make room on the roster for the new arrivals, the Mets sent down Jesus Feliciano and released Alex Cora. Cora, who was having a miserable season at the plate (.207/.265/.278), was 18 games from automatically vesting a $2 million option for 2011.

Francoeur has been a fourth wheel in the Mets outfield since Carlos Beltran's return, but had seen more playing time since Jason Bay went out with a concussion. Now he's back to the bench, and some expect him to ask for a trade.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 6:19 pm

Bay sits with concussion symptoms

Mets outfielder Jason Bay was out of the lineup Tuesday with mild concussion symptoms stemming from a collision with the outfield wall last Friday in Los Angeles. He played the rest of the weekend series but apparently complained about the symptoms during the plane ride back to New York.

ESPNNewYork.com reported that Bay didn't think he'd be out long: "If all goes well, inside of a week," he said.

Another report said Bay was going on the disabled list, but it's not clear where that came from or whether that move is imminent.

At any rate, this probably takes Jeff Francoeur off the trade market, at least prior to Saturday's non-waiver deadline. With David DeJesus injured and lost for the year, and Corey Hart out for at least a few days with a wrist injury, the field of available outfielders is looking a bit thin outside the big names like Adam Dunn and Prince Fielder.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:54 am

Mets shopping Francoeur

Jeff Francoeur The return of Carlos Beltran has given the Mets four potential starting outfielders, and Jeff Francoeur, coming off the bench for the first time in his career, appears to be the odd man out.

According to several reports, the Mets are looking for a trade partner to take Francoeur. Teams that have shown interest in adding an outfielder include the Giants, Red Sox, Padres and Rays.

A friend of Francoeur told the New York Post that he would welcome a trade if it gave him a chance to play every day.

Francoeur, who batted .311 last season, has fallen off badly this season (.243/.295/.378). He's not likely to represent much of an upgrade as an everyday starter for many teams, but the Mets might find a taker.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 1:59 pm

Beltran return creates OF questions

Carlos Beltran The Mets will have the welcome sight of Carlos Beltran back in the outfield Thursday night, but the five-time All-Star brings some lineup challenges with his powerful bat.

Beltran has yet to play this season after January surgery on his right knee, and missed much of the 2009 season because of the knee. He won't play every day initially, but when he's ready, that leaves manager Jerry Manuel trying to juggle four outfielders: Beltran, Jason Bay, Angel Pagan and Jeff Francoeur.

The Mets haven't been great offensively -- they're ninth in the National League in runs -- but center field has been the least of their worries, with Angel Pagan filling in marvelously (.315/.372/.473, 40 RBI, 19 stolen bases).

When Beltran is ready to play every day, Francoeur, batting .253, could be the odd man out as Pagan plays regularly in right. Francoeur, batting .303 against left-handed starters, should get some starts against lefties, though the switch-hitting Pagan is no slouch (.283) against left-handers either.

At any rate, working in a player the caliber of Beltran into the lineup is a problem most teams would love to have.

-- David Andriesen

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