Frenchy to KC?

I’m not liking this deal at all. Jeff Francoeur has had his name thrown around in a possible trade to Kansas City for Zack Greinke.

Jeff FrancoeurFrancoeur had one down year and now everyone wants to trade him. Don’t get me wrong, Greinke is a good pitcher that played for a very bad team. He could be a great addition to the Braves staff but Francoeur has so much potential it is ridiculous. Francoeur also had expectations higher than anyone I have ever seen.

After his rookie year people were predicting a 35 homer, 120 RBI, 30 stolen base season. That is crazy talk for someone who is only 24 years old and was only 22 at the time. Give the kid a break, he earned it after that rookie season.

He was barely out of his rookie season and was already on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was in commercials hitting autographed baseballs to kids across the globe. Yea, he did have a disappointing season but it only seemed so bad because the expectations were so high. I think he is more than capable of bouncing back and hitting .290 with 20 home runs and 100 RBI. Just give the kid time. After all, he is a freaking kid.

In the end I doubt Kansas City will even pull the trigger. The only reason this is being brought up is because the Kansas City GM loves Francoeur. They also don’t seem to care much about on base percentage at all or else they wouldn’t even bother talking about Francoeur. He just needs to cut down on his strikeouts and draw a few more walks. Drawing more walks would lower his number of at bats and take away some of those ground/fly outs that bring down his average.

Greinke may be better now but I think Francoeur has the edge in the future. Which is exactly why he should not be traded.

Till next time,

~Ben

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5 comments

  1. PWHjort

    We’re not trading Francoeur. It’d take more than Francoeur for Zach Greinke and the Royals already have a crowded outfield. The Royals GM has a man-crush on Francoeur, but we’re not trading him. Our front office loves him too much.
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  2. Darion

    The the person before me is right. We are not gonna trade Frenchy. It’s a stupid trade rumor going around so we don’t even need to sweat about it. If we wanted to trade him, we would have done it a month or two ago anyways.
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  3. hardballblog

    I hope we don’t trade him. The only problem is that I have read that some very important people with the Braves think it could be his time to go. I don’t think so but my opinion doesn’t matter, there’s does. If I was making the decision he would get one more season. Good season gets a 3 or 4 year contract and a bad season gets a trade. The Braves have some good young players that can win now and one bad piece can ruin that. I really like Francoeur but you have to do what is best for the team.
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  4. PWHjort

    If I were in the Braves’ front office I’d be looking for a right-fielder with better strike-zone discipline. However, the Braves’ front office loves Francoeur. The fact remains, in 2007 Francoeur posted a career best .338 OBP, not nearly good enough. He only drew 3 more walks in 2007 than he did in 2008 and his numbers will never be much better than his 2007 numbers. In 2007 his OPS+ was 103. Maybe if he was a 2B playing +10 defense like he did in right in 2007, those numbers would be something to get excited about, but a right fielder hitting 293/338/444 is nothing to get excited about. That’s my opinion. However, the Braves’ front office, contrary to what you just said, will NOT trade Francoeur. They don’t see it as time to depart with him and will put up with his crap for all of his arbitration years so he can go be a pinch-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers with Andruw Jones after he reaches free agency.

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