In September, 2008, Sarah wrote a post for MLB Trade Rumors speculating that the Braves might trade Jeff Francoeur to the Royals. She wasn’t the only one. Joe Posnanski and the AJC’s David O’Brien also said Frenchy would end up in Kansas City.

The speculation made sense. Frenchy never lived up to the hype in Atlanta and Dayton Moore, who drafted and developed Francoeur while with the Braves, had landed the GM job in Kansas City.

Obviously, that trade never happened and Frenchy was shipped to New York instead.

But now the Mets are looking to trade Francoeur, and the price is almost certainly very low, and Moore is still in charge in KC and…well, how could this trade not happen?

Since the day he was drafted, Frenchy was destined to be a Royal. Personable, athletic and completely unconcerned with his on base percentage, Francoeur is the ultimate example of the flaws of pre-Moneyball scouting.

As for the Royals, the team actually has a semi-respectable .336 OBP this season, which places them right in the middle of the pack. But that OBP spike is totally at odds with Kansas City’s long and storied history of walk-hating teams. And it likely won’t continue. A pair of this season’s OBP heroes, David DeJesus and Jose Guillen, are unlikely to return in 2011, for various reasons. Their departures would, theoretically, make room for Alex Gordon and Kila Ka’aihue, who have both been raking at triple-A.

But wouldn’t it be too perfect if KC could postpone their promotions just a little bit longer, in favor of the free-swinging Francoeur? This was a trade whose time has come.

One Response to “Francoeur to the Royals: it’s destiny”

  1. That S.I. cover is too funny… His OBP probably started it’s decline immediately after that hit news stands.

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