Francoeur 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,