Although I was a big fan of Ryan Church being a part of the Mets organization throughout his short tenure in New York, the Mets made a trade today that I would not refuse.
Ryan Church, an outfielder with a laser rocket arm and a solid bat to compliment it, was traded to the Atlanta Braves for 25 year old Jeff Francoeur and cash.
This has to be General Manager Omar Minaya’s best move of 2009, considering the Mets needed to shake up the roster somehow to fix some problems.
So far this season, Francoeur has hit .250 with five home runs and 35 RBIs in 82 games for the Braves this season. On the other hand, Church has batted .280 with two homers and 22 RBIs in 67 games for the Mets.
With Francoeur’s solid power and RBI numbers, the Mets hope that he will be a key contributor in bringing this Mets team out of their scoring drought. If he can help hold down the fort until every regular starter who is on the DL makes their way back to the team, the Mets can be a dangerous presence heading into the tail end of the season.