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#Royals like Francoeur. GM Moore had him with #Braves. $5M salary an obstacle. Also: Frenchy 1 more year of arb; potential non-tender. #MLBless than a minute ago via webKen RosenthalKen_Rosenthal
7/23/2010-3:12pm at 3:12 pm (UTC -4)
there is a reason the Royals have sucked for a long time, and it isn’t the size of their market!
Putting aside why they like him so much, the only reason I see to trade for him is if they think the mets won’t non-tender him (which would be ridiculous to me, but hey, this is the Met FO we are talking about).
actually, if they do, he is a FA, and quite possibly does not put KC at the top of the list (assuming he does have other teams express interest)
but, make it work for the mets. I would be more than happy to take Farnsworth. And I don’t care at all about his time with the yankees. he is healthy, and has reinvented himself as a pitcher, and is having a good year.
although right now, getting some kind of even semi-viable prospect (instead of the nothing they get if they cut him loose) is not a bad idea. Can’t be that hard to find a replacement 4th OF that can’t hit.
7/23/2010-3:19pm at 3:19 pm (UTC -4)
Sabermetrician Brian Bannister?
what about keeping him and offering him arbitration. Do we really think he’d accept to be a backup player?
7/23/2010-3:32pm at 3:32 pm (UTC -4)
Do we know is he the “Type” of free agent that nets draft picks?
7/23/2010-3:38pm at 3:38 pm (UTC -4)
Frenchy is not eligible to be a FA this year, so he is no type.
Mets have the option of offering him a contract (via arbitration I believe in this case), or cutting him loose, but if the cut him loose, he can go sign anywhere and the mets get bumpkus.
7/23/2010-3:45pm at 3:45 pm (UTC -4)
Thank you yes you are right.
For the Mets (IMO) it seems like keeping Frenchy around is lose-lose. Hopefully the Royals (or anybody) is truly interested.
7/23/2010-3:31pm at 3:31 pm (UTC -4)
That salary is not 5M anymore it’s more like 2.
I could see us exchanging him for Farnsworth. He’s owed about the same. I am not sure how much the Royals value him or if Francoeur would agree to renegotiate his contract down to where the Royals would sign him for another year (buying out last year of arbitration and one more year) Frenchy has to know he is not going to get signed at his arbitration amount.
7/23/2010-3:37pm at 3:37 pm (UTC -4)
Farnsworth has a $5.25 mil option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout. I love this contract language:
if traded before end of 2010 World Series, Farnsworth may void option and take buyout
7/23/2010-3:39pm at 3:39 pm (UTC -4)
and he would probably be a dope to do it!
7/23/2010-3:52pm at 3:52 pm (UTC -4)
Yeah, I would not imagine we would pickup that option. Kind of like he and Frenchy are in the same shape. Both have a contract next year around 5M and neither are likely to be picked up and neither are likely to get anywhere near that in their next contracts.
7/23/2010-5:17pm at 5:17 pm (UTC -4)
I think Farnsworth has a better market value than Frenchy right now. The Royals could probably get a half way decent (and cheap) prospect for Farnsworth.
Anyway, Francoeur is Jose Guillen-lite only with a sunnier disposition.
7/23/2010-4:02pm at 4:02 pm (UTC -4)
How about you trade Frenchy, Mejia, Flores and FMart for Greinke and Farnsworth?
7/23/2010-4:05pm at 4:05 pm (UTC -4)
I don’t think the Mets need a pitcher with social anxiety issues.
7/23/2010-4:06pm at 4:06 pm (UTC -4)
Yeah I think that’s a real legit concern, but he is worth the risk, no?
7/23/2010-4:15pm at 4:15 pm (UTC -4)
If it was anyplace but in NY or Bostan than it’s worth a shot. NYC could bury the kid.
7/24/2010-8:56am at 8:56 am (UTC -4)
7/23/2010-4:10pm at 4:10 pm (UTC -4)
In a vacuum hell yeah. That anxiety issue is concerning though.
7/23/2010-4:14pm at 4:14 pm (UTC -4)
7/23/2010-5:04pm at 5:04 pm (UTC -4)
Makes total sense. Moore might be one of the worst GM’s in the game. There isnt any other good reason why he has Ankiel, Guillen, and Betancourt all on his team, he likes terrible to sub-par players because they are gritty. Grit doesnt win WS Dayton, be my guest.
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