Anti-OBPer traded for guy who once missed third base

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Couple thoughts on the Jeff Francoeur for Ryan Church trade:

  • One reason why this trade might seem a bit jarring (or as jarring
    as a swap of mediocre outfielders could be) is that these two clubs
    almost never do business. Since the divisions were realigned in 1995,
    they have made one trade: Paul Byrd for Greg McMichael after the 1996 season. Other than that, since the Braves have been relevant, there was the Dave Gallagher/Pete Smith blockbuster in 1993 and Alejandro Pena for Tony Castillo in 1991.
  • Love
    how we’re reading about the Mets loving and needing Francoeur’s superb
    defense and cannon arm in the spacious right field at Citi, even though
    Church provided awesome defense and close to a cannon arm in the
    spacious right field at Citi. This season, Church has a UZR of 2.8,
    Francoeur with a 0.6 (although it was a 17.1 two years ago).
  • Braves
    fans probably won’t have this problem because Church won’t really be
    identified as a Met, but it’ll be tough trying to warm up to a guy most
    Mets fans despised passionately for the past four years. Unless, you
    know, he starts hitting bombs. Then we’ll be okay.
  • I am not confident in this happening.
  • Anytime
    you have a team that is fundamentally unsound and has trouble scoring
    runs, and you have a chance to add a guy who once said “If on-base
    percentage is so important, why don’t they put it up on the
    scoreboard?”, you gotta make that deal.
  • And we’re also told by Rotoworld’s Matt Stroup that on-base percentage numbers do appear on Turner Field’s scoreboard.
  • In his last game for Atlanta, Francoeur hit three doubles. Is that considered “selling high”?
  • But cheer up, Mets fans. This quote from Omar Minaya ease any apprehension you have: “One thing we like about Francoeur is the amount of games that he plays.” So there’s that.

Kyle Schwarber is on a private plane en route to Cleveland

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 07:  Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on April 7, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This is happening, people.

Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.

Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.

Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.

Carlos Santana in left field? Sure, OK.

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 15:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against J.A. Happ #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays during game two of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field on October 15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.

Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.

It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.

I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.