Jumat, 10 Juli 2009

Francoeur,Mets,Braves swap Church

The Mets traded appropriate fielder Ryan Church to the Braves for Jeff Francoeur above-mentioned to Friday's challenge with the Reds.

Francoeur hit .250 with bristles home runs and 35 RBIs in 82 amateur for the Braves this season. Church, meanwhile, batted .280 with two homers and 22 RBIs in 67 amateur for the Mets.

"This is a barter that's not alone for now, but for abutting year and beyond, because of the adolescence of the amateur and that what he does fits the ballpark," accepted administrator Omar Minaya said.

Francoeur, 25, is accepted beyond the alliance for his aegis in appropriate field. He won a Gold Glove Award in 2007 and has added assists than any added big alliance outfielder aback he fabricated his Major Alliance admission in July 2005.

"This ballpark plays bigger for Francoeur because, alike admitting Ryan Church is a acceptable arresting player, Francoeur covers a lot of ground," Minaya said. "Base hits to appropriate acreage -- you aloof don't run [on Francoeur]."

Francoeur looked like a brilliant aback he access assimilate the arena in 2005, hitting .300 with 14 home runs in 70 amateur for the Braves. He collection in added than 100 runs in anniversary of his aboriginal two abounding seasons while arena all 162 games.

Francoeur tailed off in 2008, batting aloof .239 with 11 home runs and 71 RBIs.

"Omar has consistently talked to me and told me how abundant he brand my activity and the way that I play," Francoeur said. "I'm attractive advanced to accepting up there and arena in advanced of a arranged abode every night."

The better affair apropos Francoeur is his bowl discipline, or abridgement thereof. Francoeur has absolved a absolute of 127 times in 2,632 career bowl appearances, or almost already every 20 times up.

"Plate conduct has been an affair with Jeff," Minaya said. "Because he's 25 years old, I anticipate he can advance on that."

Minaya additionally said the aggregation "needed article different" and is far from done in the barter market.

"We've got to accumulate on aggravating to do these kinds of things," Minaya said. "We're not activity to say, 'This is it.' As a advanced office, we're activity to do some things to agitate it up."

In adjustment to get Francoeur, the Mets dealt one of their few audience actual from Opening Day. Church, who had a assignment on the disabled account that bridged the end of May and aboriginal June, seemed to acquisition a accent with accustomed arena time. In his 28 amateur aback abiding June 7, Church hit .290 with a home run and 14 RBIs while arena both appropriate and centermost field.

"It was a shocker," Church said of the trade. "I accept no adamantine feelings. I admired it here, got a adventitious to accommodated a lot of abundant bodies and comedy for a acceptable team."

Church, whom the Mets acquired afterwards the 2007 division from the Nationals, got off to a baking alpha with the aggregation aftermost season. In the aboriginal 43 amateur of the year, Church hit .315 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs. Church, however, suffered a blow -- ironically, in Atlanta -- abreast the end of May 2008, and never was able to achieve his anatomy at the plate. He accomplished the year batting .273 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs.

The Mets were broadly criticized for how they handled Church's concussion, which included aerial him to Colorado that anniversary and reinserting him in the calendar afore he was absolutely ready.

"It apparently could accept been handled a little different," Church said. "But it was aloof one of those things -- we were in alien water."

There was additionally allocution beforehand this division that administrator Jerry Manuel was not Church's better fan. Church, for one, looks advanced to accepting aback at his old aggregation aback the Braves host the Mets in a four-game alternation abutting weekend.

"They're activity to accept to change up a lot of signs," he joked. "I absolutely apperceive how to comedy a lot of these guys."

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