And of course, the dumbest guy on MetsBlog (and that’s saying something) loves the trade. This is an awful, awful trade for the Mets. A disaster on every level. Ryan Church has been outperforming Jeff Francouer on every possible level this year. His slash stats (.280/.332/.375/.707) destroy Frenchy’s (.250/.282/.352/.634), meaning the Mets have added another corner outfielder who isn’t OPSing north of .700. Church had been the only 2009 Met with a positive UZR ranking (a defensive stat that includes range, arm and other factors) at 1.8; Francouer checks in at 0.6. Francouer’s wOBA checks in at .282, his WAR at -0.6; Church’s wOBA was .310 and WAR was 0.4, making him a full win better than Francouer (for a more detailed explanation on the stats I’m mentioning that you may not understand, go here for an explanation, this is something all Mets fans should read). Church was the best defensive option in CF until Beltran returns, if he returns; now, the team will have to start Angel Pagan in CF and hope he stays healthy.
The only thing you can say for this trade is that the Mets got younger, but Francouer was a better player four years ago than he is now; he has been trending downwardly severely since 2006. He doesn’t draw walks, he doesn’t hit for power, he doesn’t add anything defensively…this is exactly the type of player the Mets should not be looking to add, especially at the expense of a player who is a real asset to this team. I can’t understand why the Mets would think picking Francouer up would be a good move. I am now firmly on the “Minaya needs to go” bandwagon after this one, this is an inexusably horrendous trade. This trade is, simply put, to quote Mr. Mike Francesa, an uttah disastah.