Well, the news finally came down. Everyone knew it was gonna happen. The only question was where.
Yes, Jeff Francoeur has been traded by the Atlanta Braves to the New York Mets for Ryan Church. Both outfielders had been a disappointment this year (Francoeur hitting .250 for Atlanta, Church hitting .280 for New York), but does anyone find it odd that this trade was made within the division? Usually you don’t trade within the division during the season. But I guess the Mets felt that since they are 5 and a half games back as of this writing, Francoeur may be the what they need.
I personally would like to see the trade blow up in the Mets face and have the Braves pass them in the standings. It will be interesting to see what Jeff’s role will be once the Mets get all their regulars off of the DL.
Since Frenchy wasn’t too happy last year when the Braves sent him back to AA to work on his swing (if I remember correctly, he called the Braves out), chances are he’s not too thrilled about this move. After all, he is an Atlanta-area native.
But you see, that was the problem. He had been hearing all his life about how good he was. He was a two sport star in high school and even recieved a scholarship to play QB for the Clemson football team. When he decided to play pro ball and was drafted by his favorite/hometown team, he looked like he was “King of the world.”
He spent a few years in the minors and had some great success when he came up to the Majors, but when teams figured out he is impatient at the plate and will swing at everything, they didn’t throw him strikes and he got himself out. Trouble was, I percieved that Frenchy didn’t want to listen to anybody because he always believed in his hype.
So, I hope things work out for him (except when he’s playing the Braves), but I personally am glad that he has moved on and I can’t wait to see if Ryan Church can help the Braves.