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At the moment, Jeff Francoeur's the everyday right fielder for the Mets because they simply do not have a viable alternative. F-Mart's not ready. Nick Evans is forgotten. GMJ has ceased to be. And acquiring another player to fill that spot could unnecessarily block Pagan if and when Beltran returns.
Frenchy might be a hell of a guy to know and truly look the part of a ballplayer. He might always be available in charitable endeavors or for a quick and interesting sound byte to pass on to the beat writers. He might be charming, a clubhouse leader, and exhibiting the type of character you want to see in all ballplayers.
Jeff Francoeur has a .299 career OBP against right-handers.
That doesn't make up for the fact that Francoeur still does not perform the two tasks asked of every hitter in any significant way. He does not hit enough. He does not walk enough. Instead, we're left with this generation's version of a poor man's Rey Ordonez. Rey Rey will always be a fan favorite amongst Mets fans for his defensive contributions, but we were all more than happy to replace him with Alex Rodriguez when the opportunity presented itself.
And for as much as some like Francoeur's presence in the lineup, we would welcome his replacement just the same.