|Rany Wants Frenchy|
Written by Adam Adkins (Contact & Archive) on June 08, 2009
Rany Jazayerli of Baseball Prospectus and dermotology fame runs a blog about his beloved Royals, titled RanyOnTheRoyals.Â It's a must read for any baseball fan looking for some good baseball know-how.Â This writer has certainly learned a few things from Rany.
But, eventually, we all make mistakes.Â And Rany, bless his soul, whiffed on Saturday:
If he is, well, I have a move Iâ€™d like to suggest. I also would like to suggest that those of you who are reading this right now ought to take a seat, because youâ€™re about to read something that might disturb you. Rest assured, this is not some cockamamie idea I came up with today. Well, it might be a cockamamie idea, but itâ€™s an idea Iâ€™ve been considering since spring training.
I think the Royals should trade for Jeff Francoeur.
Yeah, that Jeff Francoeur. The one thatâ€™s become the bane of Atlanta Braves fans and the laughingstock of baseball.
Rany goes on to say that Francoeur has become almost underrated because everyone thinks he sucks.Â Well, there is a good reason why, Rany.Â He's absolutely awful at getting on-base, which is important, and it's not just because he can't figure out that crazy 'strike zone' contraption, but now the dude can't make contact (.244 average), and oh yeah, he isn't exactly a 30 HR guy.Â He's Ryan Howard without the power, and no, kids, that's not good, because Ryan Howard more or less sucks too without his power (and, to be fair to Ryan, dude has a LOT of power).
Rany wonders if he's so talented--if he's that talented, why does he suck so bad?--that a change of scenery could help.Â So you suggest Kansas City?
Well, it is a winning atmosphere, I mean, the Royals have winning seasons all the time.
I'll give credit to Rany, though.Â It absolutely IS an idea that GMs should consider, but come on, he's toast.Â Maybe next the Royals could trade Billy Butler and Alex Gordon to the Red Sox for David Ortiz.
One more little dash thing.Â Tomorrow, my newest Anything Goes piece will be up... and I'm going to give you the reasons why the Washington Nationals should not take Stephen Strasburg.