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  • JULIO FRANCO a MET!

    According to the NY Daily News the METS are about to sign JULIO FRANCO (who admits to being 47 years of age) to a two year $2.2 million dollar deal. This story also contains other tidbits....

    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/sto...p-317304c.html

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  • #2
    Well, he is cheap, but I don't see any real value in this signing. He will be an okay off-the-bench bat, but he offers no defensive value or line-up flexibility.
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    • #3
      A little odd that they would sign him. He can still hit, but shouldnt get too many AB's behind Delgado (I hope).

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      • #4
        plus they signed him for 2 YEARS? They lost Marlon Anderson becuase of the 2nd year, but gave a 2 year contract to a 47-year old pinch hitter?

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        • #5
          Well, I think that he still has a decent enough bat to stay on someone's bench at least. I really like him, and hope he has a good year with the Mets.

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          • #6
            He's goin to slowly pound his way to 3K hits.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dudecar00
              He's goin to slowly pound his way to 3K hits.
              And to think that he's missed 4 season ('95, '98-'00). Even if he only averaged 50 hits in those 4 seasons, that's 200 hits closer.

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              • #8
                I actually think its a good deal. He is still solid despite his age and will do great as a bench player. He's good to have in case delgado/reyes etc get injured. to have a bench player who can hit .275 (just one year ago he was hitting .300!) is always good.
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                • #9
                  We could have signed him to a minor league deal, but instead with give him a 2 year deal where he's making more than a mil per year...insane
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by moebarguy
                    We could have signed him to a minor league deal, but instead with give him a 2 year deal where he's making more than a mil per year...insane
                    Franco hit .275 with 9 HR/42 RBIs last season and is currently 4th among active players in career hits. A minor league contract to him and a major league contract to players Tike Redman and Kaz Matsui would be an insult to baseball.
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                    • #11
                      No one else wanted Franco -- the Mets once again outbid themselves.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by moebarguy
                        No one else wanted Franco -- the Mets once again outbid themselves.
                        Braves wanted Franco for a 1yr deal.

                        Now that I think about it, the signing of Franco now looks more symbolic as they already have a better backup 1B in Nady. Mets outbid the Braves just to outbid the Braves in something.
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                        The A: No

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                        Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KingJ
                          Braves wanted Franco for a 1yr deal.

                          Now that I think about it, the signing of Franco now looks more symbolic as they already have a better backup 1B in Nady. Mets outbid the Braves just to outbid the Braves in something.
                          More so that Minaya is just an idiot.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KCGHOST
                            Well, he is cheap, but I don't see any real value in this signing. He will be an okay off-the-bench bat, but he offers no defensive value or line-up flexibility.
                            On the other hand, he's certainly not a defensive laibility.

                            Until he shows his age on the field, that shouldn't be used against him.

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                            • #15
                              But we could have used that money on a reliever -- something we actually need.
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