You Be The GM: Braves send Francoeur to Boston Red Sox for… who?

With a Gordon Edes report circulating online that the Boston Red Sox have been scouting Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur — and Atlanta GM Frank Wren having no comment on the matter — we turn to you, our AJC readers, for… comment on the matter of the Frenchy-to-BoSox rumors.

You Be The GM: For the pure sake of argument, let’s say you’re Braves GM and you’re shipping Francoeur to Boston. Who do you ask for in return? Another outfielder to plug the RF hole that’s created? A pitcher to shore up our rotation? Or the big bat needed to cure the offensive woes?

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Bob

May 28th, 2009
12:29 pm

Chopper

May 28th, 2009
12:30 pm

Julio Franco and Otis Nixon. It’s the Braves, who do you think they’ll go after? Re-treads!

brannon

May 28th, 2009
12:32 pm

not john smoltz for God’s sake.

atliving79

May 28th, 2009
12:36 pm

A bag of beans!

Bill

May 28th, 2009
12:39 pm

20 bats and they pay his ticket out of town.

JC

May 28th, 2009
12:39 pm

The Braves should trade Chris Medlen and Frenchy for Jason Bay, then call up Tommy Hanson like they should have done from the start of the season.

Bill

May 28th, 2009
12:40 pm

Oh, please take Bobby Cox with you.

phil

May 28th, 2009
12:40 pm

Why does it matter who they get? Is Boston going to give us a better major league player than Francoeur? If not, it doesn’t matter because Francoeur isn’t worth anything. It will be the same thing we have now.

What??!?!

May 28th, 2009
12:41 pm

JC, the Red Sox would never in a million years do that, they would have to be insane.

Mine This Bird

May 28th, 2009
12:42 pm

Just give Francouer away. For the love of God, please. We don’t need anything in return.

Dan DC

May 28th, 2009
12:42 pm

Is this artilce a joke?! We might get salary relief or a player that nobody’s ever heard of that is blind and has a 2nd ass where his head should be.

What??!?!

May 28th, 2009
12:42 pm

I honestly don’t have a clue who Boston has that we could use at all. The only thing I can make any sense of it, is that they might trade Frenchy for a young pitcher, and then throw him with some prospects in another deal for another player off some other team. There’s no way the red Sox trade Jason Bay in any deal with us, forget it, its not happening.

ATLSean

May 28th, 2009
12:43 pm

I would keep Medlen for now. My vote is JoJoke or KJ with Frenchy for Bay.

Bobby Cox

May 28th, 2009
12:44 pm

Gee, Skip. Coco Crisp might be a real possibility. Always loved that name. It has a baseball-ring about it. Frank is also thinking about giving Chris Reitsma a try out. He’s been “light out” in his church softball league. Always did like that kid. He’d make a great fill-in while Buddy Carlyle rehabs. Duh.

Jipper cones

May 28th, 2009
12:45 pm

If the sox would give us some kind of prospect for Frenchy, we could package him with some of our own minor leaguers in a deal with a slugger from another team. Thats the only way the trade scenario with the Red Sox makes any sense.

Frank Wren

May 28th, 2009
12:45 pm

Don’t count on much for Frenchie. His value has sunk quicker than the stock market. Maybe a Class A prospect and a sack of new baseballs.

oi!

May 28th, 2009
12:45 pm

I’d be willing to DFA Francoeur at this point. Maybe he could get things back together playing in AA or AAA for the rest of the year, but the Braves can’t let him play everyday in Atlanta.

If the Sox will give us anything, we should take it.

Shannon

May 28th, 2009
12:46 pm

I say we keep Jeff since he is still young (25) but if we trade him let’s get someone like Lars Anderson in return. A young power bat at 1B. Kotchman is solid and plays good defense but we need power from our 1B.

Christian

May 28th, 2009
12:47 pm

The best we can get is Prospects or some of their deader arms. The Bosox don’t have a lot offer on a straight-u basis. I am not sure why a trade is being considered other than perhaps future salary relief. I do not believe this is a trade that has been initiated by Boston.

Leroy Updike

May 28th, 2009
12:51 pm

A good reliever to shore up the bullpen. However, I hope this thing with the Sox doesn’t happen. The Sox do not need an “ATTITUDE” like Frenchy’s. They need a “Team player”.

jw

May 28th, 2009
12:53 pm

Ortiz – he isn’t happy in Bean Town, could be a Manny type moment for the Braves, like last year’s Dodgers! I think he is dogging it in Boston, wanting to get out! Yeah, yeah – the steroid thing may bite us later – in Ortiz’s case, I think it’s the burgers and fries instead of “fertility” pills! The Varsity is 100 percent steroid free so he should pass all the tests!

Shannon

May 28th, 2009
12:53 pm

Based on most of these comments I can see why GMs can never listen to fans. Jason Bay? He is an MVP candidate right now. You think the Sox are going to trade him when they are sitting in 1st place? Get real. And how does dumping Francoeur for next to nothing help us? That makes no sense. But if I were Jeff I would pray for a trade. Not sure why the fans here hate him so much but with no hometown support it is probably better if he moves on.

woogidy

May 28th, 2009
12:55 pm

We hate him because he sucks.

Shannon

May 28th, 2009
12:58 pm

Great argument woogidy.

nelson

May 28th, 2009
1:00 pm

send francoeur & jojo reyes to oakland for matt holliday

lawdawg

May 28th, 2009
1:00 pm

A ham sandwich to be named later.

Leroy Updike

May 28th, 2009
1:02 pm

Fans don’t “hate” Francour. However, when the “Team” needs the batter to just meet the ball, Frenchy’s desire for a home run or just to be the Hero (Individualism)is disappointing (consistently.

Taylor

May 28th, 2009
1:02 pm

I went to parkview and hate francouers play

Branch Rickey

May 28th, 2009
1:05 pm

What moron would let BOTH Frenchie & Schafer continue to play everyday, while not only struggling with the bat, but hurting the teams chances of winning. Sounds like a manager problem in Atlanta.

Shannon

May 28th, 2009
1:06 pm

Taylor you were probably one of those guys that hated him because he was popular and you were not. Sad.

bunch-o-idiots

May 28th, 2009
1:08 pm

Why not a stright swap of Fenchy for Baldelli? I’d take him right now…even with the risk of injury.

Honestly, I would throw Frenchy in the minors and bring up Blanco. He’ll at least get on base.

Mine This Bird

May 28th, 2009
1:08 pm

Or Taylor just hates him because he sucks?

Leroy Updike

May 28th, 2009
1:08 pm

I guess somebody called Bobby Cox – a Moron!

Plate Appearance

May 28th, 2009
1:09 pm

STAY WITH JEFF!

I’d like to see Jeff get more time to work out his hitting troubles!

However the trade I’d like to see made would be to get Josh Anderson back for CF, while demoting Schafer.

It’s too bad too, that Wren didn’t get Sheffield for LF. He’s hitting for both power and average in NY.

Moreover, Frank should have given Andruw another try in Spring Training. His current stats if projected over 550 at bats would have him hitting close to 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in — with nearly a .300 average!

martin

May 28th, 2009
1:09 pm

i think the braves and frenchy need a trade. why not trade our batting coach also. loved TP as a player but batting coach he messed up andrew and frenchy.

obamallama

May 28th, 2009
1:10 pm

coachx

May 28th, 2009
1:12 pm

Why would any team give us anything back of value for French ?

Mike

May 28th, 2009
1:14 pm

I personally think that because we arent going to get anything of value for Jeff, that we should keep him, send him to the minors for the rest of the year. Have him work specifically with a good hitting instructor and give him one more shot to turn in around. Dont bring him back until he has in figured out for good. There is no risk or loss doing it this way. You are giving a player that has shown so much promise one final shot to turn it around. he was probably rushed to majors too soon, he never learned how to adjust his hitting and truly know the strike zone. He could swing, so they brought him up.

In the end your not getting anything for him, so you might as well make sure there is still not a great player in there somewhere. I tell you one thing, it would really suck to see us ship him off for some nobody, and see another team take a minor league approach with him, and see him blossom. That would suck.

yogi2

May 28th, 2009
1:15 pm

trade Franquer for a couple of autographed pictures of Johnny Damon

Steve

May 28th, 2009
1:17 pm

I’ll guarantee you this: Wherever Frenchy goes, he will have a succession of All-Star seasons. This is the Atlanta Braves, after all.

Joe

May 28th, 2009
1:17 pm

At this point, I think a bucket of balls would be more productive.

Ron E.

May 28th, 2009
1:19 pm

I’d take literally anybody they were willing to trade for him even a single A player with not much upside. The money saved from his salary which could be used in a future deal to get a power hitter and the improved offense from plugging any other player not named Jordan Schafer or Garret Anderson into RF would be more than enough return.

Tired Bravesfan

May 28th, 2009
1:19 pm

How about keeping Frenchy and getting a hitting coach to work with him. Its really funny how none of the players work well with Pendleton. Maybe thats because he cloans everyone and I for one am getting sick of them trading our potential sluggers and keeping Pendleton on as coach. He does not help hitters, He is not a coach. If so why is it that Frenchy went to Texas to work with their coach and came back hitting but get around Pendleton and nothing? He was a good hitter but he is not a coach.

Sure give away frenchy, let him go to the sox and start pounding the ball. If you want to fix the problem with frenchy hitting fix the problem. Fire Pendleton and get a real coach. Terry has hurt our lineup to long. Time to fix the real problem and keep our players for ourselves.

Jimbrave

May 28th, 2009
1:20 pm

We forget so fast. He made fans so happy with his rookie exploits. I, for one, wish him the best in Atl or beantown.

aswingruber

May 28th, 2009
1:20 pm

excerpt from “Georgia’s New Peach” SI article August 29, 2005

“The TV highlights roll on, showcasing Francoeur’s typically sublime game against the Los Angeles Dodgers the previous night. He went 2 for 5, lifting his average to .373, and hit his 10th home run, a 407-foot parabola that landed midway up the leftfield stands. He saw a total of 16 pitches, on par with his economical average of 3.34 pitches per plate appearance. He threw out pitcher Odalis Perez at second base by unleashing a strike while standing one step from the rightfield wall, his ninth outfield assist. (”I can remember playing catch with him a year or two ago in spring training and not thinking much of his arm,” Jones says. “Boy, was I wrong.”) The righthanded-hitting Francoeur’s first major league triple, an opposite-field rope on an 0-and-2 changeup that struck the top of the fence, was impressive as much for the stroke (”I really liked that,” Dodgers hitting instructor Tim Wallach said the following afternoon) as for the swiftness with which the 6′4″ 220-pounder circled the bases. Speed, clearly, is yet another implement in the seemingly bottomless Francoeur toolbox.”

..Oh how times have changed

Eric

May 28th, 2009
1:20 pm

Trade Frenchy and Reyes for Uggla and then move Kelly Johnson back to OF.

yogi2

May 28th, 2009
1:21 pm

Frenchy was not rushed to the Majors. he came up becaue he cried like a baby when McCann and other deserving players were called up before him.
Check it out, he cried and sobbed when sent down. that is why COX brought him back after 2 days. Check it out

Brian Asselstine

May 28th, 2009
1:21 pm

Schaffer must go immediately. Killing the team. Frenchy- will have to give him away at this point. Not much in return for RF that can not hit. As for Andruw, he would be terrible in Atlanta because the hitting coach is terrible. Hitting coach in Texas is good. Was able to correct enough for Andruw to make him a major league player again. The Braves have not hit as a team since Baylor left. Sorry TP, just a fact.

rick

May 28th, 2009
1:22 pm

Yea Steve, thats it, the Braves organization sucks and the players that leave become all-stars. All those pennants, championships and the world title is just stuff someone dreamed up…….

Threadkiller

May 28th, 2009
1:22 pm

Francoeur, JoJo, & Morton to Washington for Adam Dunn.