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.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.