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Idea: Francoeur for Brian Bannister & Jose Guillen

By Mike Silva ~ July 24th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Mets.

It was reported a couple of days ago that Jeff Francoeur would like to be traded to a team where he could play every day. Some rumors had him on the way out as early as this weekend.

One NYBD reader – 86Mets- proposed a Jeff Francoeur for Brian Bannister deal. I actually like it, but would think that Jose Guillen would have to come back for Kansas City to make such a trade.

It’s a well know fact that KC wants to dump Guillen’s remaining salary (about $3.5 million this year). Remember, Francoeur is arbitration eligible and made $5 million this year so that comes into play, especially since Bannister is controllable next year.

Obviously Francoeur for Guillen/Bannister isn’t a sexy deal, but it would help them for the rest of 2010. Bannister could take Hisanori Takahashi‘s spot in the rotation. Although he is having a lousy year in the American League, I could see him having success in an NL return. Playing in Citi Field and for a solid defensive team does wonders for sinkerballers. You’re asking him to be your fifth starter (yes R.A Dickey is now #4) and upgrading your bullpen by putting Takahashi there. More importantly, you get Guillen to be your fourth outfielder for the rest of the year. Personally, you are going to need someone like him because I believe Beltran is going to sit two days a week the rest of the year. On the other side KC gets a young player with some upside in Francoeur (if you still believe that) who will be rather inexpensive in 2011.

Not a sexy trade, but one that could be harmless enough to help the Mets for this year. You also get starting pitching depth in Bannister for next season.

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2 Responses to Idea: Francoeur for Brian Bannister & Jose Guillen

  1. 86mets

    How about turning Guillen around in a separate trade for a pitcher? I’m not sure who it would be, but Guillen is having a decent year and might be attractive to someone. It’s nice having 4 quality OF’ers but how will Guillen handle going from playing everday in KC to playing sparingly in NY? But I think if the Mets did this, they’d try to move Guillen in another trade.

  2. Mike Silva

    Maybe, but that would make it a 3 team trade. Sounds like Francoeur isn’t going anywhere based on recent reports.

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