Today's trades show how lucky Sox fans are

Today, two extremely puzzling trades occurred. Check out the trades and my reaction to them.

Then, just be happy you're not a Royals or Mets fan.

Today, two extremely puzzling trades occurred.
The first was the Royals shipping two minor league pitchers (including their best one, Daniel Cortes) to Seattle for shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.
As I put it on Twitter, the Royals just took on $10 million of a no-hit, no-field, no-character guy and lost their best pitching prospect.
For all of GM Dayton Moore’s blathering of understanding the value of on-base percentage, he clearly isn’t making moves with that in mind. Now the Royals are stuck with one of, if not the, worst shortstops in baseball through 2012. (And yes, the Royals certainly will pick up his option.)
The Mets’ Omar Minaya must have been put under a Confundus Charm in his decision to acquire Jeff Francoeur for Ryan Church.
In Francouer’s last 2,000-plus at-bats, he has an OPS+ of 88. That’s… bad. Very bad. He deserves to be non-tendered this year and sign a minor league deal. Instead, he becomes the Mets’ starting right fielder. The Mets need power, and Francouer used to give that power, but he’s nothing short of a disaster at this point.
The Mets gave up Church, who can play across the entire outfield and can hit. He’s slumping this year too, but not to the extent of Francouer.
It’s times like these I realize just how lucky we are as the Red Sox: we have the best, most envied and most copied player development system in the bigs. We have a GM that rarely whiffs on player transactions. (The Gagne, Mirabelli and Arroyo trades and Renteria/Lugo signings in seven seasons… that’s it. And Theo even turned Renteria into Marte, which turned into Crisp, which turned into Ramon Ramirez, so I’ll exclude this from his ‘bad’ list.)
Today, just be happy you’re not a Royals or Mets fan.

Categories: Daniel Cortes Jeff Francouer Quick Post Ryan Church Yuniesky Betancourt

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  1. Tessie's Dad July 10, 2009 at 7:22 PM #

    If Theo is really that good, and if the Royals were that willing to take on a "no-hit, no-field, no-character guy," why isn't Lugo wearing powder blue? (I know, I know, Lowrie's not quite ready yet, but this shows just how costly his injury was.)

  2. Gerry July 10, 2009 at 8:08 PM #

    Fully agree. In fact, I don't count the Gagne deal against Theo, as it seemed like the deal of the decade at the time, baseball's premier closer who was pitching great, for a couple of decent prospects. He had to rely on the medical staff, and they cleared Gagne. Had Gagne worked out, as he should have, Theo would be hailed as a genius.
    I'm hoping that homeboy Jeff Francouer benefits from a change of scenery, and being closer to home. He is still young, talented, probably brought up to soon, and Omar could become the genius here if Frenchy turns it around.

  3. Gerry July 10, 2009 at 8:10 PM #

    While the stove is hot, I wonder what GM Moore would take for Mark Teahen the Red Sox Killer? Someone to re-stock the farm?

  4. Mike July 10, 2009 at 10:32 PM #

    According to Cot's, Seattle appears to be eating a lot of Betancourt's contract. KC will pay him nothing this year, $2M in '10, $3M in '11, and (probably?) $2M to go away in '12.
    As a Phillies fan, I think the Mets made a great deal.

  5. Wooden U. Lykteneau July 11, 2009 at 5:53 AM #

    How Omar Minaya continues to have a job is beyond comprehension. Most folks think the Nationals are so bad because of Jim Bowden but the truly knowledgeable know it was the raping under Minaya from 2002-2004 that's responsible. Need proof? How about…
    Jason Bay
    Grady Sizemore
    Brandon Phillips
    Cliff Lee
    Lee Stevens
    Chris Young
    Randy Choate
    Orlando Cabrera

  6. JimT July 11, 2009 at 6:33 AM #

    The Dodgers are said to be looking for pitching help, either starter or bullpen. Frankly, I know nothing about the Dodgers minor leaguers. The Sox are looking for right handed power from the outfield or third base going forward. Are there any match ups that could be explored?
    Ryan Church simply wore out his welcome in New York. Francoeur is a huge risk.

  7. Bob July 11, 2009 at 7:29 AM #

    Francouer would benefit from being farther from home, I'm pretty sure he went to Norcross High here in the Atlanta area. As for the Mets taking him I'm sure it had something to do with his defensive value since they're such an atrocious defensive team. It's still a shitty deal though, because having seen plenty of Francouer he clearly has no pitch recognition skills whatsoever.
    The Betancourt deal makes absolutely no sense. Wooden is absolutely right about Minaya, although you could make the argument that MLB owning the Expos that year could have been forcing his hand in order to facilitate moving the team.

  8. Bob July 11, 2009 at 7:38 AM #

    Of course then i go and look at Neyer's blog and he reveals that UZR shows that Church may be the better fielder. So yeah I basically have no clue on that trade.

  9. Evan July 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM #

    Mike,
    Thanks for the note on the salaries. I still don't like the trade, but at least it's gone from atrocious to bad.