It’s Time To Fire Dayton Moore!/A New Home For Jeff Francoeur

Sorry for the late post, I typed it all this morning but the server lost it.
  • What Was Omar Minaya Thinking!
Mets trade OF Ryan Church to the Braves for OF Jeff Francoeur
Standard Analysis: Jeff Francoeur is a swing-at-everything, horrible hitter.  He is also a defensive black hole.  THE END.
Statistical Analysis: Since his superb rookie season that got him on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Jeff Francoeur has gone downhill, mightily.  Normalizing his stats to allow for the 2009 season, since that rookie year, Francoeur has hit:
.262/.305/.409, 18 HR, 32 2B, 3 3B, 78 R, 91 RBI, 34 BB, 121 SO  Ouch.
Church is a interesting player, lightyears better than Francoeur.  Batting line:
.277/.349/.453, 16 HR, 36 2B, 2 3B, 68 R, 75 RBI, 51 BB, 122 SO
Church somehow manages to strikeout more than Francoeur, but makes up for it with walks, something Francoeur does not do.
Defensively, Church is at the uppermost reach of above-average, and Frenchy is slightly below-average.
Church is superior offensively, defensively, and the better baserunner.  The only problem with this acquisition for Atlanta is that trading a righty hitter for a lefty hitter creates a situation where they would have 6 lefty hitters facing a LHP.  Why anyone would want Jeff Francoeur is a mystery, and why the would give up church for him is a bigger one.
  • Mariners trade SS Yuniesky Betancourt to the Royals for RHP Danny Cortes, and LHP Derrick Saito
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik showed his trade savvy, and Royals GM Dayton Moore showed his utter lack of baseball knowledge by agreeing to this trade.
Yuniesky Betancourt is a poor offensive player who doesn’t get on base, a atrocious defensive player who sports a -18 UZR at SS, a poor baserunner, and a player who doesn’t listen to his coaches, and who doesn’t have any sort of work ethic whatsoever.  That the M’s got anything for him is shocking.  That they came away with a pair of top prospects is beyond words.
Danny Cortes is a top-tier starting prospect at Double-A with a strong fastball, he relies on the strikeout. He has some control-related issues to work out, but still projects as a number 3 starter.
Derrick Saito is a cannon armed relief pitcher who is dominating A ball.  He strikeout many, walks few, and is not prone to the longball.  He isn’t closer material, but he should develop into a effective lefty middle reliever/setup man.
Betancourt will be no help at all to the Royals, he has a expensive contract, and will have no place in KC once Mike Aviles returns before the 2010 season.  The Royals are out of the playoff chase, and would have had no problem with keeping all-glove no-hit Tony Peña in the lineup as they finish out another losing season.  This was a pointless acquisition.
Dayton Moore has a history of bad moves with the Royals, this ridiculous trade is the final straw.  Fire Dayton Moore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, and congratulations to Jonathan Sanchez on his no-hitter!
Fire Dayton Moore!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fire Dayton Moore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fire Dayton Moore!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fire Dayton Moore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fire Dayton Moore!!!!!!!!!!

And one last thing…
FIRE DAYTON MOORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 comments

  1. raysfanboy

    So I’m thinking you are not a Dayton Moore fan? 🙂

    There have been some weird trades lately. I think that the Met/Brave trade was just stupid. Short-term it helps nobody. Long-term maybe it helps the Mets. But these are two guys who are quickly going nowhere.

    Nice analysis.
    http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

    • paintingtheblack

      Yeah, I don’t like, or respect Dayton Moore. It’s too bad for the Rays that Moore didn’t get the BoSox GM job when Epstein left in 2005, (only to return 3 months later).

  2. santosis

    Agreed on the Church / Francouer trade–Church is slightly better offensively and defensively; from the Mets’ perspective, it doesn’t make sense to me–I don’t see why they would be that desperate for a right-handed bat, let alone a right-handed bat with plate discipline issues so serious that he spent a portion of last season in the minors. Boo.

    Further agreed on any executive who wants Betancourt. This is a guy who HAS NEVER MANAGED TO WALK 20 TIMES IN 3 COMPLETE MAJOR LEAGUE SEASONS. He’s on pace for a whooping 22 walks this year. And I think SS’s are supposed to play defense.

  3. jbucky007

    I definitely agree about the Church Francouer deal. I was just at a mets nats game and Francouer let a run in by dropping a soft line drive right at him. It is also about time that they fire Dayton Moore!

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