Braves ship Francoeur, cash to Mets

Updated: July 11, 2009, 2:29 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The free-falling Mets finally made a move, trading Ryan Church to the Atlanta Braves for Jeff Francoeur and cash on Friday in a swap of outfielders who had fallen out of favor with their teams.

The rare deal between NL East rivals came with both teams below .500. The Mets (40-45) are desperate for a spark with stars Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado on the disabled list and also are looking toward 2010, preferring Francoeur's right-handed bat and strong throwing arm ...

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