Mets Trade Jeff Francoeur to Rangers

According to various sources, the Mets have traded Jeff Francoeur to the Texas Rangers for middle infielder Joaquin Arias.

Jeff Francoeur ended his Mets career as their cleanup hitter. There’s something wrong with that, isn’t there? Though, it is in line with the Mets starting their season with Mike Jacobs in that lineup spot.

So in the end, the Mets ultimately turned Lastings Milledge into Joaquin Arias. Well, at least Arias was once traded for Alex Rodriguez.

With Arias on the club, how the heck are the Mets going to find at-bats for Luis Hernandez?

In other news, the Mets announced that Lucas Duda and Jenrry Mejia have been promoted to the big club.

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  1. Tom September 1, 2010 at 12:12 am
    Good riddance, Frenchy. Won’t miss your approach at the plate and stubbornness one bit.

    Good to see Duda come up. interested to see what September looks like

  2. Walnutz15 September 1, 2010 at 7:37 am
    Another “Opening Day Starter” bites the dust!!

    Matthews, Jr.

    If that doesn’t tell you that the 2010 Mets were a joke before they even took the field — then I don’t even know what to tell ya.

    This team “lived” off a little Interleague run….and died a quicker than quick death whenever they played anyone remotely in contention from their own league or division.

    So long, Stenchy. I’d bet dollars to donuts that Mr. StanKoeur’s “clubhouse influence” won’t be missed in Flushing.

    Bunch of idiots running this show. Let’s see what other unlikeable players they bring in this winter.

  3. Timo September 1, 2010 at 8:17 am
    I will miss Frenchy but he wasn’t going to his higher than .250 for us. His days were numbered for sure. Also glad to see the METS are stocking up on middle infielders again. The last time we did this we almost made the playoffs.
    i perdict that Frenchy hits over .300 for the Rangers and hits more HRs this season for the Rangers than he hit for the Mets.
  4. Walnutz15 September 1, 2010 at 8:49 am
    That’d be pretty darned impressive, seeing him hit 11 HR’s from September 1st on.

    No chance.

    I’m just glad that he wasn’t able to sucker Minaya into awarding him a multi-year extension this winter. He sucked badly enough that the Mets actually made an in-season move to deal him away.

    I’ll miss hearing his fruity walk-up anthems, for sure…..

  5. Mike September 1, 2010 at 9:14 am
    See ya Frenchy! Don’t let the door tear your ACL on the way out! Seriously don’t because I want this deal done.

    Duda should play in LF and Pagan in right the rest of the way. Mejia should get a few starts and Niese should be shut down or put in the bullpen. I also want to see Dillon Gee make a few starts.

    The Mike has spoken.

  6. gary s. September 1, 2010 at 10:20 am
    i agree on shutting niese down..they should also shut beltran’s painful to watch him play centerfield these days ..if he has to play, try him in right or left.
  7. micalpalyn September 2, 2010 at 7:35 am
    Gary S:
    absolutely. We need a sign in RF ..’shut Niese down’. PS all of a sudden John Ricco does not look the heir apparent anymore…
  8. Walnutz15 September 2, 2010 at 10:56 am
    Please correct this post to read: “Left Fielder, Joaquin Arias,” as we all know he’s played extensively in the outfield as a professional — and is actually “a pretty good one” according to what Jerry Manuel has heard.

    Pass that doobie, baby….the voices are back in Jerry’s head.

    Even the least knowledgeable Met fan knew that we acquired a 2nd baseman/light-hitting middle infield-type for Francoeur…..even if you didn’t know his name, you at least knew what position he played.

    Unless Manuel’s playing dumb on his way out the door (pretty stupid if he ever wants another managerial job) — this is inexcusable.

    Check the Rangers transaction list….in addition to seeing this was the guy they designated for Alex Cora — he’d be able to see that Arias has never played out of the infield….in true Met fashion, he was promptly used in LF in his 1st appearance.

    Just when you think you’ve seen or heard it all.