The Atlanta Braves traded veteran Jeff Francoeur to the Miami Marlins in a three-team deal on Wednesday night, ultimately bringing two minor leaguers to Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves traded outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday in a three-team trade which included the Texas Rangers. In exchange for Francoeur, the Braves acquired two minor league prospects, shortstop Dylan Moore and catcher Matt Foley.
In addition to acquiring Moore and Foley, the Braves gave International Bonus Pool slot No. 93 to the Rangers as part of the deal. The Rangers also gained two international bonus slots from the Marlins through the trade (Nos. 37 and 97).
Fan favorite Francoeur will be missed
"Filling Francoeur’s spot in the dugout and clubhouse is another matter entirely.“It’s tough, man,” the Braves’ Jace Peterson said. “He’s one of the biggest ‘team’ guys on the team, and he brings a lot to the table on and off the field. Hopefully we can get him back next year.”Snitker said, “He’s great in this clubhouse. We’ll miss him. He’s going to go play meaningful games (for the wild card-contending Marlins), and good for him. But he’s big here. Just his presence in the clubhouse, on the field, in the dugout, you can’t describe what he means to a baseball team.”In his return the Braves this season, Francoeur hit .249 with seven homers and a .290 OBP in 99 games (276 plate appearances) in a role that began as a backup left fielder/pinch-hitting role, then became a platoon role after left fielder Hector Olivera was suspended by the Braves."
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SS Dylan Moore and C Matt Foley
Shortstop Dylan Moore was the Texas Rangers’ seventh-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft from the University of Central Florida. The 24-year-old has spent this season with time split between two Class-A teams, in which he’s hit .263/.377/.440 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs in 118 games. He’s also a very versatile player, as noted by David O’Brien of the AJC. Moore has played at every position this season with the exception of catcher.
Additionally, Matt Foley is a 22-year-old catcher and first baseman who was a 40th-round selection by the Miami Marlins in the 2015 draft out of Rhode Island College. He has recently made his way to short-season Class-A. So far, Foley has totaled just 44 plate appearances and has batted .257/.386/.257.
In other news….
After Wednesday night’s game, Atlanta Braves pitcher Rob Whalen was sent to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue. The Braves then recalled Matt Wisler from Triple-A to take his place. However, Whalen‘s move to the DL came at little to no surprise.
According to David O’Brien, Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said, “Probably if he wouldn’t have presented those symptoms (shoulder fatigue) we would have got him one more start and then backed him off anyway. We weren’t going to let him try and hurt himself or anything like that. Because he did a good job. He showed up, nobody knew who he was, and he competed.”
Additionally, Brandon Snyder was recalled on Thursday to take Francoeur’s spot on the roster. Though he’s seen little action in the majors this year, the 28-year-old has done very well with Triple-A Gwinnett. In 43 games this season, Snyder has posted a .327/.358/.442 slash line.