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Francoeur worthy of a long-term deal?

Sep 21, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT

If Marty Noble’s awkward “Open letter to Citi Field” wasn’t enough to convince you that he needs this season to end as much as the rest of us, this might:



The Mets believe Francoeur will look sharp in their 2010 uni, so much
so that they are inclined to approach him about signing him to a
three-year contract that would allow him to become a big league Beau
Brummel, if he so chose. They like what they have seen of him in and
out of uniform — from his spirited demeanor to his nuclear arm to the
two doubles he produced Saturday afternoon in their victory against the
Nationals.




And what’s not to like from the Mets’ perspective? Francoeur now has
driven in 34 runs in his 255 plate appearances with the Mets, more than
any Mets player in the same period — Daniel Murphy is second with 31
— and one less than he had driven in 324 plate appearances with the
Braves. Moreover, he has batted .314, scored 30 runs, reduced his rate
of strikeouts, played right field well, continued to intimidate
third-base coaches and baserunners, played hurt and and hit into an
unassisted triple play.




You saved yourself at the end there,
Marty, but I think it’s high time to come home. Anything looks good in
comparison to Ramon Martinez. Francoeur has played well enough be
offered arbitration, but inking him to a long-term deal would be just
as reckless as the Oliver Perez signing.

  1. pal88 - Sep 21, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    I agree…I love his attitude..sign him and we are set in right for at least 3 years

  2. Grant - Sep 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Francoeur has an unsustainable .343 BABIP with the Mets. He will regress to his career mean of being a below-average hitter, especially for his position.

    The one hope the Mets may have is that he is about to enter what is most players’ prime, but there still seems to be little reason to risk a multi-year contract.

  3. John Pileggi - Sep 21, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    He has hustled, been a good teammate and performed well. Having said that, give him arbitration and overpay for next year. If he falls flat, you have limited downside. If he produces, then you overpay on a long term deal next year.

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