Braves trade for power-hitting Reds 3B prospect Francisco

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves added a backup for Chipper Jones by trading for Reds minor league slugger Juan Francisco on Sunday, sending pitching prospect J.J. Hoover to Cincinnati in the two-player deal.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Martin Prado would move back to left field and Francisco would fill in for Jones most of the time, although the Braves will still use Prado at third base and Matt Diaz in left field against some left-handers.

Francisco, 24, was rated the best power-hitting prospect in the Reds organization a year ago.  He had at least 23 homers and 90 RBIs in three consecutive minor league seasons thru 2009, and has a .284 average and five homers in 181 plate appearances in parts of three major league seasons with the Reds.

“We’re going to give him every opportunity,” Gonzalez said of the left-handed hitter. “I don’t think he’s ever had an opportunity to play every day at the major league level. I know in the minor leagues he’s always been a guy who’s hit for average also. So we’ll give him an opportunity whenever Chipper’s out.”

Since he’s out of minor league options, Francisco couldn’t be sent down without clearing waivers. Braves general manager Wren said he’s a potential candidate to succeed Jones, who plans to retire after the 2012 season.

“[Francisco] could be a guy who figures for us for a while at third,” Wren said. “We just don’t know at this point. We’re going to get a chance to watch him and see how it develops.”

Francisco hit .307 with 15 homers and a .334 on-base percentage in 314 plate appearances in Triple-A last season.

Hoover, 24, was caught in a logjam of Braves pitching prospects, just below the top tier. A 10th-round draft pick by the Braves in 2008, he had a 25-19 record and 3.14 ERA in 99 games (61 starts) during four minor league seasons, including a 2.64 ERA in 43 games (14 starts) last season in Double-A and Triple-A, with 117 strikeouts in 105-2/3 innings.

The right-hander excelled after a midseason move to the bullpen and had 31 strikeouts in 18-2/3 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett.

“We like [Hoover],” Wren said. “We thought at some point he would be able to help us in middle relief here this year. He was one of our corps of young arms we thought would be here at some point this year, but when you get a chance to get a guy with this type of offensive potential — they’re hard to come by.”

Francisco has played almost exclusively at third base in six professional seasons, but  has some experience at first base and the outfield corners. Wren said he could play left field or first base in the majors, but would primarily play third and also pinch-hit.

“Because he’s a left-handed hitter it gives Fredi the ability to mix and match,” Wren said. “I’m sure there will be times when he’ll play third and Prado will stay in left, but there may be other times where he still uses  [Matt] Diaz in left to face a tough lefty and uses Prado at third. It gives us a lot of flexibility on our club. But [Francisco] is an offensive threat. He hit a couple of home runs this week while we’ve been watching him, and he has big power.”

Listed at 6 feet 2 and 245 pounds, Francisco hit a 502-foot homer at Cincinnati in 2011, second-longest homer at Great American Ball Park. (Click here for video of that blast.)  Triple-A International League managers voted his arm as the best among the league’s infielders last season.

Wren said the Braves had talked since the Winter Meetings with the Reds about Francisco, who was blocked in Cincinnati by veteran third baseman Scott Rolen and first baseman Joey Votto.

“This was one of the things that was on the front burner for us really since the beginning of spring training,” Wren said. “We inquired and thought we were making progress towards a deal back at the winter meetings for him, and they decided to hold on through spring training and just see how their club came together.

“As their guys all got healthy and played well I think they felt like they needed guys with more flexibility, more super-utility types.”

Francisco has a .286 minor-league career average with 116 homers, 439 RBI and a .317 OBP in 652 games over six seasons. In Triple-A last season he hit .343 (72-for-210) against righties with 30 extra-base hits (10 homers), a .370 OBP and a .586 slugging percentage.

293 comments Add your comment

74bravesjersey

April 1st, 2012
1:23 pm

Hey DOB; Awesome,sounds like a stud!

Simpson's Homer

April 1st, 2012
1:23 pm

Hmmm……..

James

April 1st, 2012
1:23 pm

Couldn’t be writing on the wall for a replacement for Chipper, if not J Terdo?

74bravesjersey

April 1st, 2012
1:29 pm

I know I’m not the everyday run-by-the-mill Blogger, but it’s a real honor to chime in,Let’s Roll Braves;get fired up U Choppers! DOB still undisputed #1Beatwriter in da southeast Bar none.

Earl

April 1st, 2012
1:30 pm

About time Frank made a deal for a hitter who could have an impact. Great trade, I guess this means he’ll probably take over for Larry Wayne next year.

BravesfaninWis

April 1st, 2012
1:31 pm

This guy won’t beat out Terd for the starting 3rd base job after Chipper retires. Terd is a switch hitter, plays good defense, and is a gamer. From everything I have read, Francisco is a lazy ballplayer. The Reds soured on him when he came into camp overweight, and when he didn’t properly rehab a calf injury.

The only guy that will beat Terd out for the starting 3rd base job is Prado. Which then the Braves need to go out and get a bonifide LF for next season. This Francisco kid will be lucky if he is on the Braves roster come the All Star break.

rico43

April 1st, 2012
1:33 pm

In 2009, Francisco was listed at 210 pounds. He’s now at 245 and was unable to properly rehab a calf injury in the offseason. Great bat AND great arm. But it sounds like he’s got Bob Horner’s body even more than his bat.

Ken Stallings

April 1st, 2012
1:37 pm

This is a very shrewd move by Frank Wren. In fact, I don’t see how given the budget constraints where Wren could have filled so many variant needs with one move. If Francisco proves he is ready to handle playing every day and produce with a .280 BA, 25 HR, and 75-80 RBI, then he can slot into LF full time and spot Chipper at 3B. That’s the best case — moving Prado back to the utility role he is so excellent at.

Worst case, if Heyward cannot get it together, then Francisco can go to RF with that excellent throwing arm he has and Prado can remain in LF. The Braves can send Heyward down to AAA to hopefully get it together.

But, perhaps the stars finally align for Heyward and he finds the talent he seems to have onhand. Chipper can get the rest he needs to maximize the chance of finishing the year strong, and you have Prado/Francisco to platoon between LF and 3B.

Again, if gives the Braves excellent options and for a price the Braves can afford. Great move for Wren!

Simpson's Homer

April 1st, 2012
1:42 pm

In the recent past, the Braves have not shown much concern about players being chunky (at least not enough concern to convert the clubhouse buffet into a salad bar)…. More than one player resurrected his career AFTER leaving the Braves and slimming down (even Melky!)….. It’ll be interesting to see if they “encourage” Francisco to lose 20 pounds………… GO BRAVES!

phil

April 1st, 2012
1:45 pm

245 pounds.

Another out of shape guy with no range or mobility.

Can’t wait to watch him stumble around out there. I’ll try to be hopeful, but Mike Schmidt he ain’t.

Bill

April 1st, 2012
1:45 pm

Applaud this move by Wren.Chipper is done.He is no more than a pnch hitter this season with a few spot starts.Looks like this guy can handle the glove.

If this guy can hit 25-30 bombs,bat around .300 and play defense,he and Freddie can handle the corner infield spots for a few years.

That is until Liberty Media screws it up.

Bill

April 1st, 2012
1:47 pm

Juan will be a better player now that he knows he will have a chance to play more. He will get in shape, bet on it. Good trade.

phil

April 1st, 2012
1:48 pm

Last year, i took criticism for my concerns about out of shape players. We have more than our fair share. Oh well.

phil

April 1st, 2012
1:49 pm

25 to 30 homers?

Come on. This guy is no answer.

James

April 1st, 2012
1:51 pm

What was Hoover anyways? We have a multitude of P’s, and this was a need (UTIL) that needed to be made. I like it.

Ted M

April 1st, 2012
1:53 pm

Hopefully it was just the calf that prevented his conditioning…It was just doesn’t make sense to me that a young kid with 10’s of millions of dollars at stake wouldn’t/couldn’t get in shape.

phil

April 1st, 2012
1:53 pm

We traded Hoover (who, you say?) for this Juan guy.

Doesn’t that tell us something?

Of course it does. He can’t play.

phil

April 1st, 2012
1:56 pm

It’s the mind, or lack thereof, that ruins most careers.

Lack of discipline, ability to think long term, lure of wine, women and song….

Downfall of many.

James

April 1st, 2012
1:56 pm

Phil, which way is the Phillies board? You’ve not no idea what you’re talking about. Braves fan only here, stupid.

Ted M

April 1st, 2012
1:56 pm

his major league stats are good. Definitely worth the small risk.

phil

April 1st, 2012
1:58 pm

James – i’ve been a braves fan longer than you’ve been on earth. Stick it in your ear.

phil

April 1st, 2012
2:00 pm

I agree he’s worth a shot. I’m just not gonna get overly excited about a lardo 3B backup.

Steve

April 1st, 2012
2:02 pm

I have been a Wren Critic, but this looks like a good move.

John Leonard

April 1st, 2012
2:04 pm

Can’t lose move by Wren.

Ted M

April 1st, 2012
2:06 pm

Josh

April 1st, 2012
2:07 pm

Why not take a chance on Tejada? We already like to sign oldies like Livan…

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Choppinmama

April 1st, 2012
2:14 pm

245 lbs. patrolling the outfield as some suggest?? Don’t think so.

phil

April 1st, 2012
2:21 pm

It’s laughable what so many of us so deperately want to label as a good move.

This guy is so fat, can he even climb the dugout steps?

glacialspeed

April 1st, 2012
2:23 pm

All you folks poor-mouthing this trade, put this in perspective. We traded a guy who was literally never going to step on the mound at Turner Field for a guy who can contribute something (how much is up for debate, but it’s something) to the big league club this year. That’s a win for Wren. If Francisco doesn’t pan out, it’s not like we gave up very much to get him, so the damage is minimal. This is a classic Braves move.

Jay Dubu

April 1st, 2012
2:27 pm

His production has been in the minors and the story does’t say what levels of the minors, and he’s left handed. The Braves already are already a left handed team, and struggle agains lefties.

Thus, they are hoping that he can produce at the major league level, as he did in the minors, but why wasn’t he able to stick with the Reds, especially when you consider the bandbox stadium that they call home.

The Reds traded him

Tony C.

April 1st, 2012
2:28 pm

Nice move. Do I expect him (Francisco) to be a R.O.Y. candidate? Not really. Do I like the fact that when Crazytrain has a “senior day” that we have better options than Hinske/Diaz in left? Yep.

As far as the concerns about his weight-legit but not something that makes me as anxious as some.

I agree with Bill at 13:47 it makes some sense that this guy knew he’d hit the ceiling with the Reds and there should be a better result when the guy is aware that he’ll get a legit shot to play.

Either way, let’s look at it this way-it’s an insurance move. Hopefully, we can get Crazytrain some HGH and we only see Francisco 25 games or so.

Plus we need more bats, pitching is covered. Lack of offense has bitten this organization more times than I’d like to remember. From Keith Lockhart as the designated hitter in do-or-die WS game to last season’s record-breaking choke job.

Ted M

April 1st, 2012
2:29 pm

so he has to be on the 25 man roster…who just got bumped of the 25 man roster?

DOB, anyone?

Chris from the Rock

April 1st, 2012
2:30 pm

Solid move. Hoover at best would be a decent 7th inning guy. Francisco should at least be a decent platoon player with very good defense.

Ted M

April 1st, 2012
2:32 pm

oops… who just got bumped “off” the 25 man roster?

Jay Dubu

April 1st, 2012
2:34 pm

All this does is add another lefty bat to the Brves bench…one that can play 3rd, and allow Chipper to miss hios games and keep Prado in LF.

1eyedJack

April 1st, 2012
2:34 pm

A roll of the dice with nothing much to lose. Of course, now Hoover will turn into Rob Dibble.

Tony C.

April 1st, 2012
2:34 pm

Whichever of the rookies that doesn’t win the SS job would be my guess Ted

20 out

April 1st, 2012
2:36 pm

Great, the Braves pick up another team’s problem. But, I’m sure he’s just young and a very agile 245 pound third baseman. Exactly like Miguel Cabrera.

Jay Dubu

April 1st, 2012
2:37 pm

The Braves are in trouble….

There best 3 starters are all coming back from Injury/surgery, and Teheran and Delgado have performed below expectations.

The offence looks the same as it did last season down the stretch, and Chipper is already missing games.

Coach ( 2012 Fredi's beisbol fandango)

April 1st, 2012
2:43 pm

Juan Francisco is the left handed version of Wily Mo Pena and in over 1,700 minor league at-bats, he has averaged one K per every 4.06 of them—a pretty hearty sample size. Strong arm at 3rd base with average range. Tons of power although his K rate is horrific with 4 HR’s, 8 RBI, no walks and 16 strike outs this spring training. He’s a dead red fastball hitting machine with little ability to hit off speed stuff.

Francisco is your basic back up bench player. Stop gap move at best. Nothing to see here folks, lets move along.

Scottbravesfan

April 1st, 2012
2:47 pm

Another guy who does not get on base. Great

Steve

April 1st, 2012
2:48 pm

Better having Francisco at third and keeping Prado in left when Chipper is out? What does this move indicate about Hinkse/Diaz playing left?

TDub

April 1st, 2012
2:50 pm

On the plus side for Francisco, Dusty Baker probably wouldn’t have played him until his 30th birthday, so good move for him.

ATLRedMan

April 1st, 2012
2:53 pm

For those of you worried about weight, it is deceptive. As a runner at 160lbs, who runs 3:30 sub marathons, I’ve been beat by larger dudes. Go to any HS track meet and watch the “fat man race” (field throwers and jumpers only). They can book it!
Good move! Let’s hope Wren played some good Mega Millions numbers!

Tony C.

April 1st, 2012
2:55 pm

I mean that it gives us more bats on the bench, I feel much better about having two of those three (Diaz, Hinske, Francisco) available to pinch-hit than just either Diaz or Hinske….Crazytrain sits out, Prado/Franciso @ 3rd with Diaz/Prado in left gives you 2 guys on the bench who can give you power off the bench at any given time. That’s not bad. Throw in Ross and that means we’ve got 3 decent hitters on the bench

Art F. Dodger

April 1st, 2012
3:08 pm

Bravo Birdbrain Wren……about time you start hunting for somebody to play 80 or 90 games for old achy breaky at 3rd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lost Cause

April 1st, 2012
3:08 pm

Another great move by the much under appreciate Frank Wren! Go Braves!

Playoffs!!!

April 1st, 2012
3:08 pm

first impression—wow just what we need another left-handed hitter

cornjolio

April 1st, 2012
3:09 pm

another fence-swinging strikeout machine!

Frank Wren just told Jim Powell on the radio that Francisco reminds him of Ryan Howard.

I’m still laughing my a** off !

Brick

April 1st, 2012
3:12 pm

How good of a prospect was Hoover? Fransisco is wild defensively and strikes out a lot. He does have the ability to hit the ball a ton tho but that’s about his only upside. the rumors of him going into reds camp not ready are true.

Larry30

April 1st, 2012
3:15 pm

Wow, now all of a sudden I’m really pumped about this season……………..

steverino

April 1st, 2012
3:15 pm

Both players involved in the deal have been put in to more favorable circumstances. Any success that either one has with their new squad will not really reflect on what they may have accomplished had they remained where they were. They would not have been afforded ample opportunity because of the numbers.

Dale_in_NC

April 1st, 2012
3:16 pm

To those who are “nay-saying” his weight and probable defensive skills. Watch this: http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19226485&c_id=mlb

Mitchell

April 1st, 2012
3:20 pm

Hoover’ll be pitching in the playoffs.

Liberty Media Braves

April 1st, 2012
3:22 pm

Yes, he is Chipper’s replacement for the time being. We are planning on putting a Triple A team on the field here in another couple of years. This year we will already have a Double A pitching staff and SS. Go Braves! You make my taxes go so much easier!

Thanks,
Liberty Media CEO

phil

April 1st, 2012
3:26 pm

ATLRedMan
April 1st, 2012
2:53 pm

For those of you worried about weight, it is deceptive. As a runner at 160lbs, who runs 3:30 sub marathons, I’ve been beat by larger dudes. Go to any HS track meet and watch the “fat man race” (field throwers and jumpers only). They can book it!
Good move! Let’s hope Wren played some good Mega Millions numbers!

*******
as a runner of 210 pounds, 51 min 10 ks, who doesn’t get passed by many bigger dudes, this guy is a slob….

phil

April 1st, 2012
3:28 pm

Hoover now an early Cy young candidate…

229Bravsfan

April 1st, 2012
3:30 pm

I like this guy.

Joey M

April 1st, 2012
3:31 pm

Weird random question… If Derek Lowe gets hurt this season and goes on the DL for a significant period of time and the Indians Insurance company pays for their portion of his salary, does some of that money go back to the Braves or are we done with Lowe for good?

Liberty Media Braves

April 1st, 2012
3:32 pm

Don’t get too excited guys….Your beloved team is my tax write off. We are currently looking at the Rookie League team the Danville Braves to fill the roster for next season.

229Bravsfan

April 1st, 2012
3:33 pm

He kind of reminds me of the Giant’s 3rd baseman.

cowdogit

April 1st, 2012
3:34 pm

The many idiots that have made negative comments about Mazzone and his 14 – 0 division titles, needs to explain at least one good point of a pitching coach that has a 0 – 6 record. CONVINCE ME !!!

tim

April 1st, 2012
3:37 pm

must have been cheap

phil

April 1st, 2012
3:39 pm

Well….

He threatened a man in front of his young kids out in SF last year.

That’s one.

It took real courage to do that. It was wise for us not to fire him after that classy display.

How’s that?

phil

April 1st, 2012
3:40 pm

I see philly is crushing us this afternoon. Another great effort for Teheran I suppose.

Thank goodness Medlen is being pased over for that 5th starters spot.

Liberty Media Braves

April 1st, 2012
3:43 pm

Once again guys…..HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU????? We will have the best Double AA Baseball team playing Major League Baseball in another couple of years.

Thanks,
Liberty Media CEO

Bravesfan54

April 1st, 2012
3:44 pm

Excellent trade for both clubs. I couldn’t be more pleased.

George Stein

April 1st, 2012
3:45 pm

Okay, cowdogit. How did Leo do in Baltimore? Also, I was previously unaware that a pitching coach was responsible for the Braves’ success in the 90’s, but thanks for letting me know.

Rick

April 1st, 2012
3:46 pm

“I see philly is crushing us this afternoon. Another great effort for Teheran I suppose.”

7-6 is crushing?

“Thank goodness Medlen is being pased over for that 5th starters spot.”

Who would you opt to have in the bullpen in his place?

Joe Smoe

April 1st, 2012
3:50 pm

I think we should just forfiet the 2012 season since all the so called Braves fans think its over already.

Liberty Media Braves

April 1st, 2012
3:50 pm

Greetings from Colorado….Follow your Minor League Braves teams more often, you will see many of those guys long befor they are ready for MLB ball in Atlanta here soon.

phil

April 1st, 2012
3:51 pm

It was 7-3 when i posted that. Now it’s tied. It’s why they play 9 i suppose. But it’s ST so it’s meaningless. At least it is when we lose, so I constantly read.

I prefer a guy who knows how to pitch – Medlen – over one who doesn’t – Alsoran….

As for the pen, those arms are a dime a dozen after the big three.

Fire FG!!

richaw

April 1st, 2012
3:52 pm

We have to view any trade through the prism of what alternatives were or were not available. Given that it seems Wren has been working at improving the LF-3B situation for a while, Wren did as well as possible, giving up only Hoover for a long ball threat. I like the move, but we’ll know much more in a couple of years, as with all trades. For now, a good try!

phil

April 1st, 2012
3:55 pm

Joe Smoe – nah, let’s play the games, but we’re a .500 team right now, barring a real offensive resurgence. It is what it is…

MAC

April 1st, 2012
3:56 pm

where would he hit in the lineup….

phil

April 1st, 2012
3:57 pm

I can’t view giving away a guy who couldn’t pitch for a guy who can’t hit as being a good try.

We swapped bad for bad.

It’s ok to see it for what it is.

We have no money and no real options. At least Lardo will be a warm body to trot out there to play a little third. Not that we need a backup at third, of course….lol

phil

April 1st, 2012
3:58 pm

Fire Larry Parrish again!!

leastofthe east

April 1st, 2012
3:59 pm

there are few young 3B prospects in the minors that are available and have played at AAA already. for a change, this move makes sense -at least on paper.
if Hoover was slated for middle relief (we don’t need a closer), his loss isn’t that great.
nobody else in the minors is along enough at 3B for the majors yet so Francisco should help.
(Wren is still a mediocre GM at best, but he’s done a lot worse than this-and will do more bad things before he’s fired)

phil

April 1st, 2012
4:02 pm

The day FW and FG are canned will be a good one….

phil

April 1st, 2012
4:03 pm

MAC
April 1st, 2012
3:56 pm

where would he hit in the lineup….

******
hit? Strike out is more accurate.

It won’t matter where he bats in this porous lineup.

Bravesfan54

April 1st, 2012
4:05 pm

Simpson’s Homer – I don’t think Melky had a “resurrected career” year with Atlanta. He did once he left the Braves!

Mister Frisky

April 1st, 2012
4:10 pm

Awesome,Another AAAA player.

Bravesfan54

April 1st, 2012
4:12 pm

DOB: I haven’t checked to see if you posted something on this, but could you check into the claims of some that Franciso is overweight and under impressed the Reds with his rehab.

64 year Braves fan

April 1st, 2012
4:14 pm

Delgado & Teheran are not major league ready. Will they ever be? Must be sent to Gwinnet now and
Medlen should be 5th starter. Like Heyward, these guys were over-hyped.

Brave New World

April 1st, 2012
4:14 pm

This is a good trade – this guy has power and a good arm. We gave up an extra arm that we did not need to get a guy who just 2 years ago was a top prospect for Cincy and has hit in the majors albeit in limited at bats.

phil

April 1st, 2012
4:15 pm

No need to check…

He’s as fat as that slob pitcher we had last yr that couldn’t get me out.

Rehab? It consisted of trips to the buffet at Sizzler…

phil

April 1st, 2012
4:18 pm

Amen on the overhype….

I like to see results, not listen to endless blather.

We’re seeing none from anyone but FF.

If our new SS hits .200, i’ll be shocked.

Wayward won’t hit .240 this year as his HOF career rocks on.

Rick

April 1st, 2012
4:19 pm

Overall, I think Wren has been solid. He’s been able to get several great players out of nothing, Uggla and Bourn to name two. And some of his bad decisions I don’t think people would have predicted, such as getting McLouth.

phil

April 1st, 2012
4:20 pm

Great players?

LOL!!!

jerry

April 1st, 2012
4:23 pm

So his strikeout ratio is 1/4? He is cheap.

NickB

April 1st, 2012
4:27 pm

He’s a masher who k’s a good bit. yet has kept his OBP around .325 or so (not great, but not terrible). He will fill in nicely and keep’s Prado’s good LF defense out there. (I reckon they don’t want to fritter him around from position to position this year).

Francisco is a valuable player… kind if a Kung Fu Panda guy. Maybe he can be properly motivated to play up to his potential and he COULD be Chipper’s replacement. But considering that Hoover was probably just a setup man at his best. This was a win win for both teams.

jerry

April 1st, 2012
4:28 pm

On Delgado and Teheran. Glavine’s 1st four years: 2-4, 7-17, 14-8,10-12.

Rick

April 1st, 2012
4:30 pm

Uggla, although not a prototypical 2B, is a great power hitter. 5 consecutive seasons with 30+ HR, and no other 2B has had more than three. I’d say that’s pretty great.

And Bourn is the NL leader in steals the last few seasons and regarded by many as the best defensive CF currently playing. Again, pretty great.

Mark (another one)

April 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

Hoover has talent but not enough to beat out those ahead of him with the Braves. It made him available, and the Braves received a young backup 3rd baseman and corner outfielder, two of their weak areas. This trade makes sense for both teams and both players. It will be interesting to see how much playing time Franciso will get with the Braves. Hoover wasn’t going to get very much.

kingdaddy

April 1st, 2012
4:34 pm

With the Braves surplus of pitchers, I can’t see how this was anything but a good trade if he passes a physical. It’s about time…

Delbert D.

April 1st, 2012
4:39 pm

Good move. For all the negatives about him and his defense, remember Conrad at 2nd base. Some teams have the Brooks Robinson or Mike Schmidt or Greg Nettles prototypical 3rd baseman in mind, and others have gone for offensive production out of that position. 3rd base is the left field of the infield.

Rob from SC

April 1st, 2012
4:43 pm

RFeds were down on Francisco because he showed up to camp fat

longtimefan

April 1st, 2012
4:47 pm

Wren could trade for Pujols and the usual depressives on this blog would have something negative to say. There are some people in life that always see the glass as half empty and are never pleased.

Dawg Haus

April 1st, 2012
4:56 pm

Sounds like a good deal to me.

Golden Sombreros

April 1st, 2012
4:56 pm

@longtimefan……you just decribed phil perfectly! Keep that negative nancy shiz outta here. The trade was a win win for both sides and as with all trades we’ll see what happens in the coming years. I for one like this trade and have faith in Wren and FG.

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