Originally Posted by EMAW
His range (at least to the eye of someone who has seen 20 Royals games in person this year) is minimal in RF compared to just a couple years ago. He is Drew Stubbs minus SPEED and DEFENSE, absolutely helpless at the plate unless a guy grooves one. He has the old top of helmet to shoelace strike zone.
So, you're saying that you'd like him on the Reds?
I'm pretty indifferent/leaning towards "no" on this one. Obviously his best years are behind him, I can't stand to watch him at the plate, and even though I can see how he'd be an upgrade over DRob, it's hard to believe another upgrade can't be found.
What I don't like is the talk about Francoeur being a "jolt to the clubhouse" (C. Trent has made this point twice now.) If they want to improve the clubhouse atmosphere pay Scott Rolen to just hang around, chat it up, and play some video games with them.