Woo hoo!!!!

I’ve never felt more loved and cared for in the world than I do right now. No less than 25 people have emailed, Twittered, Facebooked, and/or smoke signaled me to give me this glorious, wondrous news:

Two National League East foes swapped outfielders on Friday, as the Mets traded Ryan Church to the Braves for Jeff Francoeur. Church, a 30-year-old lefty hitter, was batting .280 with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 67 games for the New York. Francoeur, a 25-year-old righty bat, was hitting .250 with five homers and 35 RBIs in 82 games for Atlanta.

I repeat: someone has given the Braves actual value (with value defined as “a sentient being possibly capable of playing baseball”) for Jeff Francoeur.

That it’s the Mets only makes it sweeter.

I will sleep very, very well this weekend. Assuming of course I ever stop laughing.

(thanks to a jillion people for the heads up)


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smsetnor
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smsetnor

Praise the Lord!

Only the throngs of pink Francoeur jersey wearing women at Turner Field will be disappointed by this news.  Sadly, though, I don’t know who to start blaming for the Bravos’ woes from here on in…

Diesel
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Diesel

Why do the Braves always catch all the breaks?

Damn them.

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra

Because the Braves are from the south, and the south is God’s country.

hermitfool
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hermitfool

This trade is a terrible tactical mistake by Frank Wren. Now when the Braves continue to suck the entire Brave nation will no longer be be pointing the happy finger at Frenchy, who sucks.

By the way, isn’t this proof positive Omar doesn’t know his ass from third base?

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra

“This trade is a terrible tactical mistake by Frank Wren. Now when the Braves continue to suck the entire Brave nation will no longer be be pointing the happy finger at Frenchy”

We’ll take that risk.

Luke
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Luke

That’s funny Craig, I just got home and looked on ESPN and saw the trade happened, I immediately came here just to check, and *of course* you’d already written about it…

mike in brooklyn
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mike in brooklyn
shutup.  just.  shut.  up. (watching the FOOLS on SNY.  they are all very excited by this.  mainly because francoeur drove in 100 runs twice.  his ops+ in those 2 glorious seasons, btw, were like 87 and 103 or something like that.  in a moment of clarity, one of them asked if they should be worried about the braves so willingly trading a 25 yr old outfielder to an in-division rival, they gave it some lipservice then went back to their celebration) i hope church can help you.  i feel like—despite watching almost every met game—i never got to see the… Read more »
Andy
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Andy

Incredible mismanagement of Church from the beginning of his Mets career and a horrific trade getting zero value to cap it off. But at least it brought a large amount of joy to you, Mr. Calcaterra, so I guess something was gleaned from this disastrous situation.

mike in brooklyn
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mike in brooklyn

i’m also curious:

from what you’ve written here—and commenters have added—i always got the impression that francoeur was NOT well-liked by the atl fans.  SNY announcers up here just said the exact opposite.  “he’s very popular with the braves fans…”

The Rabbit
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The Rabbit

My son, the Mets fan, had a short comment on the trade.  “Way to go, Omar. Francoeur sucks.”
As a Braves fan I couldn’t be more delighted.

Kevin S.
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Kevin S.

Francoeur was popular with the Braves fans who don’t understand why baseball teams win.

Church should be even better, because he gets to straight platoon with Matt Diaz.  Against righties, he’s kinda respectable.  Easy win for the Braves.

Joe
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Joe

Free at last. Free at last. Thank god, we are free at last.

Andrew
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Andrew

Kill…me…

smsetnor
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smsetnor

To back up Kevin S, he’s also a hometown guy here and the girls love him for some reason.

YankeesfanLen
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YankeesfanLen

The guys over the bridge just laugh themselves silly over that Omar guy.  From what little I know of the tripleA scenario, Church wasn’t half bad, and even better considering that there’s no one left. 
Congratulations, Craig and I take consolation from a little more ammunition to those locals who can’t seem to see why the Evil Empire is the only game in town.

Melissa
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Melissa

One can only assume that Omar has gotten wind of his imminent firing, and he’s out to sabotage his replacement.

At least as a Mets fan living in Atlanta, the Braves outfield has gotten eminently more watchable.  Next weekend’s series in the ATL is going to be an interesting one…

Oy.

Patrick
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Patrick

Hahahahahaha!

I saw the news on MLB.com and couldn’t believe it.  I came here straight away…  Oh, Jeff Francoeur.

WOW!  I can’t believe that happened!

Luis
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Luis

I am a Met fan who appreciates the way the Braves have been run over the years, and I cannot fathom Omar’s logic here. The Mates are unwatchable right now and this makes them even more so. Congrats to the Braves on stealing from a blind man…..

JJO
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JJO

Francoeur stinks, so it’s clearly a win for the Braves. But I would sound a note of caution about Church—despite generally good stats and some long periods of very good play, a lot of teams have seen him as expendable. He’s been hurt a lot, and there seems to be something about him that managers don’t like. It could just be bad decisions on their part, and I’d certainly take Church over Francoeur at this point, but it wouldn’t totally surprise me if Church continued to be inconsistent and frustrating rather than a really useful full time player.

Troy Patterson
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Troy Patterson

Does Citi Field have OBP on the board to keep Frenchy happy?

Warren Hynes
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Warren Hynes

Francoeur may never be effective again, and his plate discipline is unbelievably poor, but I’ll always hold out that glimmer of hope based on his amazing rookie season a few years ago – hope that he can show those five tools again, all at the same time. I know that once other teams figured him out, he was a mess. But once someone shows that promise, it’s hard to give up hoping it might come back … (just talking as a baseball fan, as I have no allegiance to the Mets or Braves)

stosenstein
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stosenstein

It’s not that Church is all that great; it’s that Fagcoeur is all that bad. The Dude’s playing worse than a replacement level player and his defense is for suck.

Flushing should be weeping tonight. Omar finally pulled the deal that seals his god awful run as the team’s GM. The only deal on his resume that’s worse involved Bartolo Colon and the Expos.

Pathetic, awful day.

Beanster
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Beanster

An early Merry Christmas, Craig!

Wonderful quote from the NY Times:
‘‘Plate discipline has been an issue with Jeff,’’ Minaya said. ‘‘I do believe because he’s 25 years old, I think that he can improve that.’’

JE
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JE

Screw you, Craig! wink To add insult to injury, this fecacta trade went down at the start of what should have been a peaceful weekend. Ugh!

dtro
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dtro

I hate the Braves, I hate Francoeur, but I like you Craig so congrats to you.

I will now go look for an AL team to pull for and try my best not to send death threats to Omar Minaya.

Timmy
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Timmy

Finally going to chime in to say it feels like I’m living a dream right now.  Thank god Failcoeur is a Met.  Yesterday was better than Christmas for me.

And Jeff is headed to the world’s greatest media market where the Failcoeur nickname can truly become a worldwide phenomenon.  Which is cool, because I know where it all got started.

Nick Whitman
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Nick Whitman

Francoeur’s rookie season was good, but it was a pretty small sample size, only 274 PA.  And the two 100-RBI seasons he had that a lot of people seem excited about weren’t actually very good offensive seasons. 

I feel for the Mets fans and I’d like to see them come out ahead in something, but I don’t see any indication that Francoeur is anything other than a terrible player who had a hot streak when he hit the majors.

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra
The story of Francoeur is a very simple one: Francoeur could hit a fastball in the zone when he came up.  As is the habit in baseball, a lot of pitchers challenged him with those fastballs in the zone in his first year.  Maybe word got around a few weeks too late, but it did, and then they stopped throwing him fastballs in the zone. Normally, a player in Jeffy’s position learns to (a) hit breaking stuff and offspeed stuff; and (b) lay off pitches out of the zone.  When that happens, pitchers occasionally have to go back to fastballs… Read more »
Nick Whitman
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Nick Whitman

“Fagcoeur.”  Classy, stosenstein.  Why don’t you go play with all the other subhumans on the ESPN comment threads.  I’m sure you’ll be very happy there.

Brandon Isleib
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Brandon Isleib

Is it proper to say that the Mets and Royals landed their players, as if they caught them?  Given the stats, it seems more like “look what washed up on the beach today!”

Aaron Moreno
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Aaron Moreno

“Because the Braves are from the south, and the south is God’s country.”

For some reason, I imagine Craig yelling that at his screen.

Jason @ IIATMS
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Jason @ IIATMS

The Mets are fools.  Congrats Craig.  My only surprise is that Frenchy didn’t end up on the Royals.  if only to imagine a simultaneously cranial combustion of Neyer, Joe Pos and Rany.

Can you imagine the Royals landing Frenchy and Yuniesky Betancourt on the same day?

Tom Seaver
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Tom Seaver

Just another reason I refer to the management team of the Mets as “Genius” Jerry and the Twit. I think I’ll go vomit now.

Greg Simons
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Greg Simons

“the south is God’s country”

If that’s true, Craig, why is it hot as Hell down here?

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra

God’s old. Every old person I ever met kept their house hot.

timmy
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timmy
I thought I would pass this along, because well, it’s just funny. http://www.braves-nation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16711 Frank Wren-Omar Minaya Phone Conversation   * Ring, Ring, Ring   * Frank excuses himself from his dinner with his wife as he hears the ring   * His wife glances over at his phone and sees “Incoming Call: Latin Lover” and gives a nasty stare at Frank   * Frank smirks and says don’t worry about it honey, it’s just Omar Minaya and walks into the other room   * FW: No Omar, you still can’t have Prado, Escobar, Soriano or Vazquez   * OM: Ahh,… Read more »
kendynamo
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kendynamo

eff this.

Greg Simons
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Greg Simons

2-for-4 with 2 RBI = Jeff Francoeur, the Big Apple’s latest hero!

Vin
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Vin

I officially give up on the 2009 Mets. In fact, I officially give up on the Mets until Omar Minaya is shown the door.

I can’t help but wonder if the Wilpons are part of the problem, too, but seeing as they aren’t going anywhere, that possibility is too painful to seriously contemplate…

Al
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Al

I’m a little late on the comment but when can the Twins trade Delmon Young to the Mets?

hermitfool
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hermitfool

Now that Omar is in the trading for the other guy’s rubbish mode, what are the chances of him taking on Barry Zito and Alfonso Soriano?

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