New York Mets News

Francoeur on His Way to the Texas Rangers

By Adam Garnett

According to multiple outlets, the Mets have traded Jeff Francoeur to the Texas Rangers for cash and utility infielder Joaquin Arias. Though Francoeur was a positive force in the locker room and a favorite with the New York media hoard, his offensive performance was downright wretched. Despite 11 HR and 534 RBIs on the ledger, Francoeur often looked clueless up at the dish this season. He had some serious cold streaks this season and clearly has no concept of how to work a count. The dude swings from his heels every time. I am guessing all of these negative traits had something to do why the Braves gave up on a then 25-year old local legend. Now it appears, the Mets have rightly given up on the dude as well.

Francoeur does possess one of the best outfield throwing arms in the business and his defense is above average in right field, but his putrid offensive skills has rendered him a liability in any lineup. I had high hopes for Frenchy when they acquired him for that piece of trash Ryan Church last year, but it was not to be. All the strides he made in the second half of 2009 were retracted in 2010. Goodbye and good riddance to a hell of a nice guy. Is it proper to say good riddance to a guy you like and respect? When he is hitting .237 it is.

To counter the roster shuffle in the outfield, the Mets will select the contract of OF Lucas Duda from Triple-A Buffalo. Duda is having a standout year in the minors, compiling 23 HR and 87 RBIs during stints in Binghamton and Buffalo. I would hope the Mets don’t screw around with this promising rook and play him every damn day in right. What the hell do they have to lose anymore, besides more 9-2 ballgames.

In addition to calling up Duda, the Mets recalled Jenrry Mejia from Buffalo as well. With not much else to watch or look forward to in the final month of the season, I am actually pumped to see what Mejia’s got in that magical right arm. He’s been lights out in Triple-A lately and is clearly part of the future rotation for this team.

So get ready for some more meaningless September baseball Mets faithful. At least we still get to watch Johan Santana this September and marvel at the continued success of R.A. Dickey.