This article is a response to Ken Rosenthal’s “Frenchy: Too Valuable to Trade?”
While I don’t doubt Jeff Francoeur’s leadership capabilities, I can’t say holding on to him and keeping Wil Myers at bay is the best solution for this team. I understand how important the clubhouse leader can be (especially to a young team), but at what cost? Francoeur played great last year, there is no taking that away from him. However, he has a proven track record of being inconsistent year in and year out.
This also raises the question about how interested suitors would be for Jeff’s services. He’s not a great fielder but he has a cannon to go along with an inconsistent bat. I could definitely see why team’s would be interested, but what would that be worth? Surely not a solid starting pitcher, which is really all the Royals need at the moment.
On the other hand you have Myers who is terrorizing minor league pitching and in my eyes there is very little left for him to learn in Omaha. With the team struggling for offense, the Royals need to call him up as soon as possible and let the young man swing away.
Ken Rosenthal throws out the possibility of the Royals dealing Myers for an ace, I don’t think trading Myers in a desperation move for an ace is the right thing for this team; they’ve got plenty of good young arms waiting to showcase their stuff. If that somehow came to be, that would mean banking on Francoeur’s bat to awaken and signing him to a long term deal. If we are being honest, it’s going to take a lot more than one ace to turn this ship around.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Myers brought up to play center field (Which he has been playing on and off this year) until Cain returns to give him a taste of the major leagues. Dyson has been horrid aside from certain situations where his speed has shined. With Cain’s return still weeks out, this would give the Royals the opportunity to get a glimpse (albeit small) of what Myers can offer this team before the trade deadline on July 31st.
If Jeff Francoeur is the one keeping Wil Myers in Omaha, is he worth holding on to through the deadline?