Will The Brewers Regret Letting Juan Francisco Go? | Disciples of Uecker

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  1. Ron says: March 24, 2014

    Yes, Francisco’s age and upside should have warranted keeping him, realize Overbay was fan favorite years ago and has better defensive skills, but Francisco could also be used on infield at third where as Overbay was tried in an already crowded outfield, think this may only be a 1 year problem, hoping Morris fills the role after this year.

    • dbug says: March 24, 2014

      I agree. one thing that seems to be missing from some of the stories is that while Overbay is a better defender than Francisco at first, I believe Francisco is a better defender that Reynolds at third. If Rameriz is lost for a while to injury, the Brewers are going to be stuck with Reynolds horrible defense or Bianchi’s sub-par bat. Worst case scenario, I’d have rather had Reynolds at 1B and Francisco taking most of the reps at 3B.

      • Ryan Topp says: March 24, 2014

        That’s a really good point, and I agree that Francisco is probably a better glove in the hot corner than Reynolds. This does weaken that situation as well.

        Another reason to be skeptical.

  2. L says: March 24, 2014

    I sure hope they can bring him back on a minor league deal for insurance.

    • Ryan Topp says: March 24, 2014

      Not likely. I think he’ll end up on an MLB bench by opening day.

  3. Eugene Mannarino says: March 24, 2014

    This was a stupid move why not keep the younger bat with power but this does not solve our 1st base needs past this year

  4. Jason says: March 25, 2014

    Not sure about the wisdom and efficacy of this decision. Francisco finally looked like he knew what he was doing at the plate. Neither Reynolds nor Overbay at the plate inspire confidence. I know Roenicke said you can take spring training stats and throw them out the window, but both of their recent regular season stats don’t inspire too much confidence either. I don’t see how the Brewers get a positive WAR at first this year. Any time your 1st baseman is batting 6-9 you are doing something wrong, and you can’t have either batting higher without tanking offensive production.

    With Francisco I felt uncomfortable because I didn’t know what the Brewers would get at first base this year. Now I know exactly what they are going to get this year and that makes me feel even worse.

    • dbug says: March 25, 2014

      That’s that part that drives me nuts. If Francisco gave you the same this year and he gave last year, he would give you a Mark Reynolds season. The difference is a this stage of their careers Francisco might improve, while Reynolds likely won’t. Essentially the locked in a sub-standard year at 1B instead of taking a chance on maybe getting more production than they expected.

  5. Blez says: March 25, 2014

    Is this seriously a conversation? First, the guy is about to be 27, these should be his prime years. Yet, last year he hit .227 with .296 OBP, and he made 14 errors in 71 games, including a lovely 4 errors in 4 games at third base. His WAR is about -2. In other words, if we would have started just an average player there, the Brewers would have won 2 more games last year. Might he do better this year? Sure, it would be hard to be worse. But he would have to make one hell of a jump to be anybody’s “solution” at first base.

    • Ryan Topp says: March 25, 2014

      Yeah, except we’re talking about him versus Lyle Overbay, who hit .240/.295/.393, playing in Yankee Stadium with the short porch out to right. Defensively, Overbay really isn’t all that great. Francisco was very bad, but again, he was playing a new position without the benefit of any sort of practice at it beforehand.

      Given that the two players are pretty close in value last year, going with the 37 year old over the 27 year old seems to be at least a decision worth questioning. So yeah, I think it’s a conversation.


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