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Mets trade Jeff Francoeur to Rangers

Aug 31, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

Most of us, including Craig, had a hard time believing that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels actually wanted Jeff Francoeur when reports first surfaced earlier today. Well, the deal just went down.

The Mets traded Francoeur to the Rangers in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias, according to a team press release. The Rangers are also reportedly receiving some cash as part of the deal. 

Jon Heyman of was first with the proposed swap earlier tonight, while Francoeur confirmed the trade to reporters after Tuesday’s loss to the Braves.

Arias isn’t really a player of any significance, however he was designated for assignment in order to make room for Alex Cora on the Rangers’ roster last week. That’s right, both Cora and Francoeur are now members of the Texas Rangers.

As a Mets fan, it’s hard to see any redeeming qualities in Francoeur, but he’ll likely be used as part of a tandem with the left-handed hitting David Murphy. His role could be elevated depending upon the condition of Josh Hamilton’s knee, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. I’m guessing he’ll be non-tendered in December either way. 

  1. quint - Aug 31, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Does this disqualify Daniels for executive of the year?

  2. Giant Space Ants - Aug 31, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    If he’s only serving as a platoon guy to face lefties, it’s fine; the Rangers have no one on their bench capable of that. Anything more than that is a bad idea, but right now I can’t see how this is that bad a move, especially since Arias is worthless in his own right too.

  3. Buccofan - Sep 1, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    It’s not a bad move as long as Francoeur doesn’t cut into the playing time of any of the OF/DH regulars.

  4. smootysmoot - Sep 1, 2010 at 1:29 AM

    I hope Frenchy can get it together. I still root for the guy.

  5. SDelMonte - Sep 1, 2010 at 4:18 AM

    Same here. He seems like a good guy and I really wish his bat would be as good as his arm and his personality.

  6. Paper Lions - Sep 1, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    I’m confused. How is it that he seems like a good guy? Was it his constant complaining a few years ago when he was sent down to the minors to work on his plate approach and he complained in the media until the Braves relented and recalled him and he continued to struggle? Or perhaps it is him complaining to the media that he wants to be traded to a team that will start him, despite all evidence that he isn’t even worthy of a roster spot on an MLB team? Maybe it is his complete ignorance of about the game of baseball and how it works (not making outs is a good thing, Jeff, really, it is). The guy’s actions show a person that is selfish and completely unaware of his true skill level.

  7. Benny Blanco - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    I think most Met fans liked the guy, in spite of all his faults. Good luck in Texas.

  8. willmose - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    How does such a great player like Francoeur clear waivers?

  9. BC - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Best move Minaya has made since he first got the job.

  10. Jonestein - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    @BC – LOL…you don’t know what a piece of garbage Arias is. I think the crappiness is canceling itself out in this trade, so you can neither compliment nor rag on Minaya/Daniels for this one.

  11. El Bravo - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Paper Lions nails it on the head. This guy is a douchenozzle and has been since he came to bigs.

  12. Phil - Sep 1, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Arias’ primary contribution to the Rangers success was providing the “cream pie in the face” to the star of the game afterwards during TV interviews. Other than that, nothing. It would appear that Francoeur has a much better chance of making a contribution than Arias ever did plus they got cash. Sounds like a good deal by Jon Daniels. I don’t really believe they need him much as a platoon player since they can already field Nelson Cruz and Vlad Guerrero as RH outfielders and Hamilton is going to play against everyone. Even Murphy has hit LH pitching decently. Francoeur will have a chance to provide some depth but that’s about it. He will not likely be on their playoff roster and will be gone this winter.

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