The New York Mets announced they traded outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the Texas Rangers in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias.
Arias, 25, hit .276 (27-98) with five doubles, one triple, no home runs, 18 runs scored and nine RBI in 50 games for Texas this season. The 6-1, 165-pound righthand-hitting infielder made starts at second base (16), first base (five) and shortstop (one) this season for the Rangers, making two errors in 121 total chances (.983 fielding percentage). He landed on the 15-Day Disabled List twice with a lower back strain, first on April 30-May 16 and then again from July 31-Aug. 16. He was designated for assignment on Aug. 24.
A career .286 hitter, Arias originally signed a non-drafted free agent contract with the New York Yankees on July 12, 2001. The Rangers acquired him on March 23, 2004 as the player to be named later in the deal that sent Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees. Arias, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, made his major league debut on Sept. 13, 2006 at Detroit, playing in 91 games for the Rangers over parts of four seasons.
Francoeur, 26, hit .237 (95-401) with 16 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 43 runs scored and 54 RBI in 124 games for the Mets this season. Acquired from the Braves in exchange for Ryan Church on July 10, 2009, the 6-5, 220 pound Francoeur hit .268 (185-690) with 21 home runs and 95 RBI in 199 games with the Mets.
It doesn’t seem like a good trade on its face. Do the Mets really need another middling utility infielder? Yes, the Mets have too many outfielders at the moment, but couldn’t the Mets get a better player for Francoeur?