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Charles Odum in today's New York Post and David Lennon in today's Newsday detail how the trade that brought Jeff Francoeur to the Mets unfolded.

According to Lennon, Omar Minaya credits Assistant-GM John Ricco with the idea during a "brainstorming session" last Thursday for coming up with the idea.

After this brainstorming session, according to Odum, Minaya introduced the idea to Braves General Manager Frank Wren, and shortly thereafter, the deal was complete.

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Earlier tonight, the Mets traded OF Ryan Church to the Braves for OF Jeff Francoeur and ‘cash considerations.’

…i understand why the deal was made, i am just not sure it matters or makes total sense… though, i like having frenchy’s defense and arm in Citi Field, and, if he gets it together, he has the potential for power that i am not sure church had either way, this was clearly a change-of-scenery deal, and i’m not sure it will have that big of an impact in either direction

Last month, in a report for SNY.TV, Ted Berg wrote, “If the Mets trade for Francoeur, I'm out.  I'll find someone else to write this column.”

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The Mets have traded Ryan Church to the Braves for OF Jeff Francoeur.

Update, 6:47 pm, by Matthew Cerrone:

Omar Minaya said the Mets will receive ?cash considerations? in the deal from the Braves with Francoeur.

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David Wright hit third last night, with Ryan Church batting clean up, from where the two combined for seven hits and were involved in seven of the team’s 11 runs.

Wright leads the National League with a .356 batting average, and, though he’s on pace to hit just 10 home runs and strike out more than 150 times, he is on pace to steal 40 bases and drive in 100 runs with a .444 OBP.

“The home runs are nice,” Wright said after the game.  “But that's not what makes me successful as a hitter.”

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Last night, David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church each hit a home run, while the Phillies hit four home runs against Johan Santana.

Prior to the game, the popular topic on talk radio, online and around the ballpark was the team’s lack of power, especially in Citi Field.

“Oh, you hadn’t heard… They moved in the fences, about 40 feet,” Church told reporters after the game, according to the New York Times

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Following tonight's loss to the Nationals, the Mets activated Ryan Church from the disabled list.

Church will take Emil Brown's spot on the roster, as Brown was designated for assignment.

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Ryan Church played six pain-free innings during an extended spring training game yesterday in St. Lucie.

Church is likely to be activated on Sunday, when he is first eligible to return from the disabled list.

Prior to yesterday’s game, Jerry Manuel said the decision to send Fernando Martinez back to Triple-A will be based on how he performs over the next few games.

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Carlos Beltran will start in center field today and bat third.

Alex Cora will leadoff and play shortstop, followed in order by Luis Castillo, Beltran, Gary Sheffield in right field, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Fernando Martinez in left field, Omir Santos and Mike Pelfrey.

Prior to the game, Jerry Manuel told reporters he expects Ryan Church to return to the team on Sunday.

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In case you missed it, from yesterday’s busy afternoon…

Jose Reyes left yesterday’s extended spring-training game in the third inning because he felt ‘discomfort in his right knee.’

Reyes had been put on the disabled list with tendinitis in his calf.

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David Lennon of Newsday posts an interesting report on how a player will deal with being on the disabled list, specifically Jose Reyes and Ryan Church, who talk to Lennon about the experience.

“You feel like you're an outcast,” Church told Lennon.  “You can only do so much.  I know you still have to be out there, cheering guys on.  But it hurts inside that you can't go out and play.”

i missed most of my junior year in high school after having ACL surgery on my right knee, back then it was an 18–month rehab… even that experience made me feel like an outcast, yet i can only imagine how much more intense it is for guys like church and reyes, who make their living playing baseball, and take pride in being teammates

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Ryan Church had an MRI yesterday that did not reveal a tear in his right hamstring, according to SNY.

Church told reporters yesterday that he is feeling a lot better than he did over the weekend in Boston.

That said, Omar Minaya told reporters the team is still considering whether to put Church on the disabled list, while saying Mets 20–year-old prospect Fernando Martinez could be among Church’s possible replacements.

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The good news is Francisco Rodriguez jogged out to the bullpen today and warmed up, hours after collapsing from back spasms that sent him the hospital.

That said, following today’s game, Jose Reyes told reporters that his leg is still not feeling good, and said there is ‘no chance’ he will start tomorrow.

What’s more, Ramon Martinez was removed from today’s game in the eighth inning with back pain, Jerry Manuel explained.

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Francisco Rodriguez told reporters he is feeling better today, and will decide after treatment whether he will be available to pitch today in Boston.

Rodriguez missed yesterday’s game with back spasms, and then went to the hospital following the game.

Meanwhile, according to the Daily News, “Ryan Church will be examined by team doctors in New York on Monday, and hopes to get a definitive idea of what's ailing him and whether he will need to go to the disabled list.”

Lastly, Jose Reyes will again miss today’s game with tendinitis in his right leg, with Ramon Martinez starting at shortstop.

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Yesterday, like I did on MetsBlog.com, talk radio and print media spent much of the day asking similar questions about whether there is a riff between Jerry Manuel and Ryan Church.

“I don’t have a rift with anybody on the team,” Manuel explained to reporters from Los Angeles yesterday.  “There is a certain level of play that you demand from all of your players regardless of who it is.”

According to Manuel, Church plays a critical role on the Mets, especially now that Carlos Delgado will be out of the lineup for 10 weeks.

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In one of the more painful moments of the season, Ryan Church missed third base last night, while rounding the bag on his way to scoring what could have been the go-ahead run.

However, Joe Torre immediately called to the umpire for an appeal, who called Church out for stepping in front of the base – not on it.

To me, it looked like Church knew he goofed up, as he sheepishly looked over his shoulder while limping back to the dugout.

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Ryan Church will start in right field, but will bat eighth in the batting order.

Jose Reyes will bat leadoff, followed in order by Luis Castillo, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Omir Santos, Church and Jon Niese

Church is hitless in his last last 10 at bats, and is batting .128 since April 17.

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In the sixth inning, Ryan Church misread a routine fly-ball in right field, it hit the ground and rolled to the wall, allowing Padres hitter Luis Rodriguez to reach third base – two batters later he eventually scored the deciding run on a balk.

Church told reporters it was all his fault, and had nothing to do with the complicated dimensions in right field, saying, “It had nothing to do with the ballpark… I froze, did the blind turn, saw the ball peeling, and just couldn’t get there.”

…Daniel Murphy made a similar slip-up on Sunday, when he dropped a pop-up in San Diego that also led to the decisive run… in fact, last night, at home, when murphy caught a routine pop up with two hands, the crowd cheered loudly, nearly giving a standing ovation, in sarcasm… murphy smiled and tipped his hat to the crowd… good sport

“Errors are going to happen,” David Wright told reporters following the game, when asked about Church’s mistake.  “Right now, it seems like we're a little off.”

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In St. Lucie last month, I talked with Ryan Church about what it means to ‘hit the other way,’ and how a batter makes such an adjustment, on the fly, within seconds, to be successful.

To watch the video of our disucssion, click play below:

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Mike Pelfrey has picked Kansas University to win the NCAA Tournament, and J.J Putz picked Duke, while David Wright and Ryan Church each picked the University of North Carolina.

… i have no idea who i am picking…

…i have a crazy, intricate, tendency-based system i use for the same pool with the same people every year, which has put me in at least the Top 6 of 500 people during each of the last four seasons… now, i’m feeling a ton of pressure… and i don’t like it

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Angel Pagan was sent to New York for an MRI exam on his sore right elbow.

On the flip side, Luis Castillo is back in today’s lineup, after resting the last two games with a sore hamstring – as is Ryan Church, who missed the last few games with a bruised knee.

The Mets face the Univ. of Michigan in a split-squad game today at Tradition Field, which you can listen to here.

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Ryan Church was a late scratch from yesterday’s game against Italy, because, according to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, “Church was hobbling around the clubhouse all morning with an ice pack attached to his right knee.”

In the Daily News, Adam Rubin explains, Church fouled a ball off his knee earlier in the week, but now says he is ‘fine.’

Nevertheless, Church will not travel to Jupiter for today’s game.

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The Mets had four RBI, all on opposite field hits today, according to Bart Hubbuch on his blog for the New York Post.

naturally, this will be directly attributed to manuel’s 80–pitch drill, and he and his coaching staff stressing the opposite field

Jerry Manuel, as quoted by Hubbuch following the game:

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The Mets beat the Orioles, 9-3, in their Grapefruit League season opener today in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For a box score, go to MLB.com.

Pedro Feliciano was credited with the win for 1.1 innings of scoreless relief after Sean Green left the game in the first with a fingernail problem.

Former Yankee farmhand Matt DeSalvo pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one. Brian Stokes,? Darren O'Day and Elmer Dessens also held the Orioles scoreless in their appearances.

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As noted earlier, Ryan Church said he talked with Jerry Manuel, who said Church should be preparing this spring to be the team’s starting right fielder.

Here is a clip of Church’s talk with reporters, the full version of which you can watch tonight on SNY’s SportsNite:

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Yesterday, Jerry Manuel told reporters he is leaning towards starting Daniel Murphy in left field, full time, while Fernando Tatis could end up on the bench or competing with Ryan Church for playing time in right field, which you can read about in the New York Post, the Bergen Record,

Manuel told reporters:

“I don't want Murphy to get into a strictly platoon situation… I think he's a little better player than that, so Tatis could go that way – and with Church being a left-handed hitter, I kind of see Murphy being a better hitter right now at this time… It all depends on how well they're doing.  If they're not getting hits, they're not going to play.”

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Here is a quick one-minute video of Ryan Church taking batting practice, following by Fernando Martinez – the video doesn’t do Martinez’s swing justice, as he’s working to hit the ball to opposite field:

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Ryan Church took batting practice with other teammates at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie this morning.

According to both Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, and David Lennon of Newsday, Church jokingly asked the team’s media director, ‘When's Francesa coming down?’

For more on Church, including a photo of him working out, as well as other updates throughout the day, check out Popper’s blog, here, and Lennon’s blog, here.

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Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Tradition Field by Friday.

However, David Wright, Johan Santana, John Maine, Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, Ryan Church, Brian Schneider, Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans are already in camp working out, while Sean Green and J.J. Putz, among others,?are likely to report in the next day or so.

?by the way, SNY will be broadcasting Mets Hot Stove live from Duffy?s in Port St. Lucie this Thursday, Feb. 12, as well as next Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 pm?

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The Mets reached agreement yesterday on new one-year contracts with Ryan Church and Angel Pagan, thus avoiding arbitration.

The day before, Duaner Sanchez and Jeremy Reed signed one-year deals with the team, also avoiding arbitration.

Church will earn $2.8 million, up $800,00 from last season.  He is eligible for arbitration through 2011, after which he can become a free agent.

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In late September, on WFAN, Mike Francesa said he had been told that Ryan Church ‘hated it here,’ while adding, ‘I know for a fact that he didn’t like the Mets, he didn’t like the city and he was not a happy guy here.’

Church denied ever making such a statement, according to the Daily News in October, and again in November on MLB.com.

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Apparently, Mike Francesa just called me out on WFAN for my post this morning, while accusing Ryan Church of essentially being a liar.

He was referring to this post, from this morning, in which I link to Ryan Church’s recent quote to MLB.com, which refuted Francesa’s statement that Church hated New York, and supports Adam Rubin’s report in the Daily News.

Update5:18 pm

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In early October, on WFAN, Mike Francesa said he has been told that Ryan Church ‘hated it here,’ while adding, ‘I know for a fact that he didn’t like the Mets, he didn’t like the city and he was not a happy guy here.’

In a chat and on his blog for the Daily News, Adam Rubin explained that the opposite was true, that Church truly enjoyed playing in New York, adding that Church is even open to signing a long-term contract here.

That said, in a great report yesterday for MLB.com, which chronicles a long, difficult season for Church, Marty Noble quotes the left-fielder as saying of Francesa’s comments:

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Yesterday, on WFAN, Mike Francesa said he has been told that Ryan Church ‘hated it here,’ while adding, ‘I know for a fact that he didn’t like the team, he didn’t like the city and he was not a happy guy here.’

However, just five weeks ago, Adam Rubin wrote the following on his blog for Daily News:

“Church revealed that his wife Tina was driven to tears by the standing ovation the Shea faithful gave before his first at-bat (after returning from the disabled list). The hard-nosed Church said the fans' embrace cemented his desire to spend the rest of his career in Flushing.  He's even open to signing a long-term contract now to wipe away his arbitration years.”

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According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, in an interview with WFAN yesterday:

  • The Mets will pick up Carlos Delgado’s option.
  • They will not trade David Wright or Jose Reyes.
  • The Mets are thinking about Manny Ramirez, who will want a three–or four-year deal.
  • They think they need to go out and get a catcher.

Later, the show’s host, Mike Francesa, said he has been told that Ryan Church ‘hated it here,’ while adding, ‘I know for a fact that he didn’t like the team, he didn’t like the city and he was not a happy guy here.’

Heyman said he had not heard that Church ‘hated’ New York, but added, ‘I think the Mets believe that he’s not a fit here, and may be better off some place else.’

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For those keeping score, John Maine, Ryan Church, Angel Pagan, Aaron Heilman, Duaner Sanchez and Pedro Feliciano are all eligible for salary arbitration this off-season.

According to Rotoworld.com, Church, Pagan and Maine are under contract through 2011, while Heilamn, Sanchez and Feliciano are under contract through 2010.

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In the bottom of the eighth inning last night and the Mets down a run, Ryan Church took off from second base following a single to right field by Robinson Cancel.

Church barreled around third base, with encouragement from the crowd and the third-base coach, while running hard but sluggish on the wet grass and mud.  The ball arrived to the catcher from the Cubs right fielder in plenty of time to peg the runner by a mile, but it was received up the line, where the catcher planted his feet in anticipation of a head-on Church.

However, Church stopped his momentum, changed direction, pulled his body in and away from the catcher, sneaked around him and dove in to home plate, passing by the catcher’s mitt.  The thing is, Church missed home plate, and so laying on his stomach, with Damion Easley barking orders from the on-deck circle, Church lunged with one final movement to tag the plate in time.

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Neither Jose Reyes, nor Ryan Church, who hit second, nor Carlos Beltran nor Carlos Delgado had a hit in last night’s loss to the Nationals.

In fact, Beltran and Delgado are a combined 0 for 15 during this current series with the Nationals.

David Wright is 1 for 8, with a single to center field.

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Ryan Church hit his second career grand slam yesterday, and his first home run since returning from the disabled list in late August.

Church, regarding his offense, while speaking with reporters following yesterday’s win against the Brewers:

“I'm starting to get my stroke back…I was telling guys earlier this week that it definitely feels like a second spring training for me.  It's a process, and things are going to finally start coming…It's been a hectic year…It's not how you start, it's how you finish.  I'm a big believer in that and hopefully that's what continues to happen.”

In 12 games since returning from the disabled list, Church is batting .243 with one home run, seven RBI and three doubles.

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Ryan Church will bat seventh and start in right field tonight for the New York Mets.

excellent…good for you, ryan…welcome back

In response, the Mets have demoted Robinson Cancel back to Triple-A New Orleans.

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As noted last night, Jerry Manuel told reporters yesterday that Ryan Church will likely return to the Mets for tonight’s game.

According to Manuel, Church could start in right field tonight and Saturday, while getting a day off on Sunday.

Manuel explained that Fernando Tatis will see less playing time, given Church’s pending return, while Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans will continue to split time in left field.

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Ryan Church will make his long-awaited return to the Mets tomorrow,” according to the Daily News.

Church who went 0-for-4 last night, while playing for Double-A Binghamton.

Manuel, talking to reporters about Church yesterday, said:

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Ryan Church played five innings in right field yesterday for Triple-A New Orleans, going hitless in two at bats.

He will play with Triple-A New Orleans again tonight, as will Trot Nixon.

Through a team spokesman, Church said he was happy to be back on the field, though he still has not set a timetable for his return.

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Ryan Church and Trot Nixon will continue their rehab assignment with Triple-A New Orleans, so to avoid Tropical Storm Fay in Port St. Lucie.

Meanwhile, according to Adam Rubin, in the Daily News, “Luis Castillo's 20-day minor-league rehab clock is set to run out midweek, meaning the Mets may be forced to activate the second baseman on Thursday unless a legitimate injury issue remains.”

Castillo is batting .077 in 11 games during his rehab assignment.

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In 57 games for the Mets this season, Ryan Church is hitting .307 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

Meanwhile, in 69 games for the Mets, Fernando Tatis is hitting .306 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI.

That is weird, man.  It’s like, Church slowed down and disappeared, while Tatis turned it on and picked right up where Church left off.

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In a report for the New York Post, Bart Hubbuch notes after a "very good" workout, the Mets still do not have a timetable for OF Ryan Church to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

The Mets have handled this poorly from the start and now it's becoming an increasingly frustrating situation.

After suffering his second concussion of the season on May 20, the Mets irresponsibly let Church dictate when he was healthy enough to return, which cost them to lose their everyday right fielder and their feel-good story of the season for the last six weeks.

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Luis Castillo has just one hit in 15 at bats during five minor-league rehab games for Single-A St. Lucie.

…the buzz from Shea Stadium suggests that castillo could rejoin the Mets on Tuesday in Washington, DC., though i suspect it will be a few days after that

Over the weekend, Jerry Manuel suggested that when Castillo returns from the disabled list he will share time at second base with Damion Easley, adding, “We're not pacifying any egos.”

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Following tonight?s game, Ryan Church told reporters that he has been cleared by doctors to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

He will workout with the team tomorrow in NewYork, after which he will travel to St. Lucie where he will prepare to hopefully play in this coming week, though he added that there is still no specific timetable for his return.

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Ryan Church took batting practice before yesterday’s game, while also fielding fly balls in the outfield.

The Mets told reporters that Church will be re-examined today or Friday.

Yesterday, Jerry Manuel told reporters it is best for him to operate as though Church will not be back, saying:

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Ryan Church traveled to Houston with the team on Friday to work out under the watchful eye of the organization’s trainers – though he did not take batting practice on Saturday, he did hit indoors on Sunday.

On Saturday, he told reporters that he will be re-examined by a doctor today in New York.

from what i can gather, there is still no official timetable for church’s return, though the team would like to see him playing in a minor-league rehab game later this week…however, there is no rush…i admire the team’s restraint, frankly…he is listed as day-to-day, in what appears to be every sense of the word

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Ryan Church has been working out with the Mets in Houston the last few days, though he did not take batting practice yesterday.

The Mets told reporters that he will travel to New York today to be re-examined by a doctor, at which the team hopes he will be ready for a rehab assignment at the start of this week.

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