Jeff Francouer Heads To the Playoff-Bound Texas Rangers

Jordan SingerContributor ISeptember 1, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 29:  Jeff Francoeur #12 of the New York Mets bats against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 4-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Jeff Francouer has been traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for second baseman Joaquin Arias.

This trade was made just in time for Francouer to make it onto the Rangers' September expansion roster.

"This is going to be obviously a good opportunity for me to go play obviously against some lefties and go to the playoffs."

Francouer had been expecting a trade from the Mets as he wasn't being used in the outfield for most of the season. He is notorious for hitting against lefties, which is just what Texas needs.

Francouer's $5 million left on his salary will be paid by the Mets, while Arias' will be covered by Texas.

Francouer, 26 years-old, was struggling for the Mets. In 123 games with New York, Francouer batted .236 with 11 HR and 53 RBI.

Arias, who was filled with potential, was part of the Alex Rodriguez trade to New York. He never really took off in Texas.

This move is believed to be helpful in a Texas playoff push, and as for the Mets, we will see how this deal plays out.