Francoeur trade reaction
After posting that original blog entry with tonight’s lineup, I went to the dugout to talk to Bobby Cox, who quickly explained the Tommy Hanson situation and then got the call from Frank Wren.
Moments later, Cox grabbed Chino Cadahia and both immediately headed toward the clubhouse to inform Jeff Francoeur that he’d been traded.
Just like that, Francoeur went from being one of the most scrutinized players on this blog to being a member of the Mets outfield.
To recap the trade, the Braves sent Francoeur and cash considerations to the Mets in exchange for Ryan Church. The specifics of the cash consideration weren’t revealed. But it was probably something in the neighborhood of $250,000 — which would account for the differences in their salaries.
I’ve got to add to the main story on the site. But in short, I think this is a trade that has the potential to benefit both players.
Church seemed to fall out of favor with the Mets and while Francoeur was one of the most likable players in the Braves clubhouse, his performance had put him in a position where he was likely going to be non-tendered if he remained in Atlanta until the conclusion of this season.
I would have to say that Jeff Francoeur was one of the better human beings that I’ve ever come across in this business. Obviously, there have been times that he’s been furious with things that I’ve written and consequently chosen to give me the silent treatment for a while.
But over the past six weeks, I saw the 25-year-old outfielder truly mature and accept the fact that baseball is a tough business. I wish him nothing but the best and when the Mets visit Turner Field next week, I hope the fans show him how much they appreciated the dedication and determination he displayed throughout his 4 1/2 seasons in Atlanta.
There was certainly reason to criticize his game. But in the midst of all of his struggles, Francoeur never lost his desire to give everything he had every day that he came to work.
Tonight’s New Lineup
Nate McLouth 8
Martin Prado 3
Chipper Jones 5
Brian McCann 2
Garret Anderson 7
Matt Diaz 9
Brooks Conrad 4
Diory Hernandez 6
Derek Lowe 1