With Carlos Beltran back, should the Mets trade an outfielder?

by Mike Kent on July 15, 2010

The Mets are getting All Star Carlos Beltran back, now they have four outfielders. Should they consider trading one away to get pitching help?

We know that Carlos Beltran and Jason Bay are not going to get traded because of their contracts and their low value right now. So that leaves two trade options: Jeff Francoeur and Angel Pagan.

Should the Mets be open to trade one of these guys if they can get a good pitcher like Roy Oswalt?

This year Angel Pagan has been great for the Mets. Some people would even consider him the Mets MVP so far this season (Not me, I’m going with David Wright). Especially with Jose Reyes’ injury risk, the Mets can use the extra speed in the top of the order.

If the Mets want to trade an outfielder they should trade Francoeur. But should they trade Francoeur? I think it is a bad idea, and this is why:

It has been a slow year for Jeff Francoeur. After a great first two weeks, Francoeur has really let the team down with the bad bat.

But Francoeur’s great defense can help the Mets late in games. His great arm has really helped the Mets through a lot of tough innings.

Also, I think Francoeur’s leadership skills and football mentality are part of the reason the Mets have such great chemistry this year.

One more reason the Mets shouldn’t think of trading Jeff Francoeur is that his value is very low. The Mets can’t get much for him anyway. Any player they can get for Francoeur wouldn’t be a real answer to the Mets rotation.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Gil Reich July 15, 2010 at 12:45 am

Agreed. They can’t get anybody useful for Francoeur, they’d be crazy to trade Pagan, and they’d have to take bad contracts in return for Bay or Beltran’s. Also, the Mets can really use all four of them. Beltran is an unknown right now, and will need days off. Francoeur hits lefties well, and is a good guy to have on the bench, especially with Tatis as the Mets only right handed pinch hitter. I wouldn’t mess with the Mets’ outfield now. And I’m glad that everybody finally agrees that Pagan should always start against righties. If you need to trade an outfielder to get a pitcher I’d see what I can get for guys like FMart and Duda.

Mike Kent July 15, 2010 at 12:49 am

Happy we agree, I am all for trading F-Mart. His value keeps dropping and we know he is not going to be a good major leaguer

Gil Reich July 15, 2010 at 1:13 am

I haven’t given up on him. I think he’s still a young kid who may be an excellent center fielder. But given that we have Pagan, if FMart could net us a good pitcher, the Mets should consider it.

Mike Kent July 15, 2010 at 1:53 am

Don’t you think its about time we turn the page on F-Mart? He’s been letting us down for to long. He is batting .257 in AAA!

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