Jeff Francouer On the Trading Block?

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IMay 26, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 12:  Jeff Francouer #7 of the Atlanta Braves bats against the New York Mets on May 12, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Braves 4-3 in 10 innings.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution thinks it may be time to unload Braves outfielder Jeff Francouer.

Francouer is hitting .259 with three home runs, has struck out 24 times, and owns a .282 on-base percentage.

The problem is, Francouer has no plate discipline. Some talent evaluators believe he is the easiest guy to pitch to because he swings at everything. Francouer was once considered the Braves top prospect, so it is hard to believe that at age 25 he is a complete bust.

Francouer hit .293 with a .338 on-base percentage in 2007, but has hit .249 since then.

The Braves probably won't get much in return for Francouer, but the Braves need a big bat in their lineup, and Francouer is not it. The Texas Rangers are a possible landing spot, but a team like the Pittsburg Pirates could take a low risk chance on Francoeur and put him in right field.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.