You wanted a trade right? You were screaming and nearly breaking down Omar Minaya’s door to make a trade. Well I hope you are happy. A trade has happened.
The Mets have traded OF Ryan Church to the Altanta Braves for Jeff Francoeur and cash.
So who got the better part of this deal? Some say the Mets because Francoeur is a righty and he is 25 years old. Right now he is batting at .250 with five homers and 35 RBIs.
Yes those numbers are better than Church’s numbers. Think though. Francoeur has played more games than Church, 82 versus 67.
Professionals seem to think this is a good trade for the Mets because he is younger and can work with him to get him back to what he is capable of doing. Jerry Manuel feels he does have power potential. So does other members of this line-up, but that does not mean anything.
I have always been a Church fan. I do not think he got a fair deal in this city. Rumors were flying that Manuel did not like Church. Well if they were true, I’m sure he is a very happy man.
Minaya had this to say:
“We were able to get a right-handed hitter and Golden Glove right fielder in a big ballpark like ours. Some consider him the best defensive right fielder in baseball.”
I think Minaya has started to smoke the platanos rather than eat them. Papa, que estas haciendo? (Dude what are you doing?)
Church had this to say about the trade in the Post:
“It probably could have been handled a bit different. It was just one of those things; as a baseball player, you want to play every day. It just happened it didn’t work out that way.”
“They like what I bring to the table every day, and that’s what Bobby expect. I look at it as a new start. I look forward to help out [and] begin new chapter.”
Very diplomatic. Good luck, Ryan. We will miss you. You were more than capable of holding your own here in New York. You were just robbed by the organization. You are better off not being here.
Some people may be big fans of getting younger. I am too. Yet, to me, making a trade for someone who you hope can get back to hitting they way they are capable of hitting is not comforting to me. You get a proven bat.
So here we are with the “lightening in a bottle” scenario again. I hate that scenario and would love to shoot the person who came up with it.
Next time Mets fans, be careful what you wish for. Try showing some patience for a change.