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Friday, June 27, 2008

Jeff Francoeur

First of all, he shouldn't be the cornerstone for a team. But it goes too far to say that he has no value.

He's a decent defensive outfielder (although he seems to not be as good as he was before, oddly), and has a bit of pop in his bat. He plays hard. And, most importantly, he's cheap.

That being said, he shouldn't be batting in the middle of the lineup. He doesn't walk enough, and his lack of power for the last season and a half is troubling. Last year, he had a decent batting average, but this year he's combined the bad part of his 2007 season (no power) with the bad part of 2006 (low average/on base percentage). Not what anyone was looking for, including him.

Of course, as long as the Braves are running the likes of Gregor Blanco and Greg Norton out there as the rest of the outfield, I'm not sure what the Braves can do. Their hands are tied, a lot like last year with Andruw. As long as they resist the temptation to give Francoeur a big contract ("big" here being "like the one they gave McCann"), then there's nothing to worry about.

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