I have already had multiple people ask me if I was prepared to eat crow over Jeff Francoeur’s fast start. My response has been “It’s early. Don’t worry. The real Jeff Francoeur will show up soon.”
Thankfully, Ted Berg has a great list of early-season statistical anomalies up over at his blog this morning, all of which are interesting, but one of which is more interesting than the others:
Jeff Francoeur has a .352 on-base percentage and a .508 slugging, exactly the same marks he had after 16 games last season.
Just like the Mets aren’t going to have a .294 winning percentage all year, Jeff Francoeur is not going to have an OPS+ of 141 all year either. It’s early, folks. Early, early, early.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.