There's some truth to that, but Francoeur was expensive crap and Arias is cheap and if he can find a niche as a utility infielder, well, that could be getting something out of a player we were going to non-tender anyways.
I'm more excited that the Mets called up Lucas Duda and Jenrry Mejia back to the roster. Duda's had something of a breakout this year hitting for far more power then initially expected while continuing to show great plate disclipline (And all of a sudden, there's an OF job open for him to play in. Frankly, he was more deserving of the call-up then Fernando earlier this month.). And Mejia has been putting up some ridiculous numbers in the minors since he got stretched out, and is all but confirmed to start Saturday. It'll be fun to see what these two have to offer in September. Even if the games are ultimately meaningless.
Joaquin Arias, the newest Met, has a place in Yankees lore as the minor leaguer sent to Texas with Alfonso Soriano in the 2004 trade for Alex Rodriguez. The significant part of his involvement, though, was that the Rangers chose Arias over Robinson Cano.
The Mets acquired Arias from the Rangers on Tuesday night for outfielder Jeff Francoeur. Arias was available because the Rangers recently added a former Mets infielder, Alex Cora, to their roster. Arias has a .286 average with no homers over 91 games in parts of four seasons with Texas.
In 2003, the year before the A-Rod trade, Arias hit .266 at low-Class A Battle Creek in the Yankees’ farm system. He was one of five prospects the Yankees offered to Texas as the player to be named in the deal. Arias was 19 at the time, and a more polished defender than Cano, who was 21 and had just hit .277 between Class A Tampa and Class AA Trenton. The Rangers chose Arias.
The Yankees continued to dangle Cano to other teams, shopping him to Kansas City that summer in talks for Carlos Beltran and to Arizona in talks for Randy Johnson. The Royals and the Diamondbacks also passed on Cano, and the Yankees even signed Tony Womack – for two years! – to take over second base in 2005.
After Womack and the team struggled early that season, the Yankees called up Cano in early May to be the everyday second baseman. He soon became a fixture.
“Thank God we never traded him,” Gordon Blakeley, a special assistant to Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, told The Times in 2008. “We liked him a lot and we didn’t want to give him away, but he wasn’t a ‘No, don’t trade him for any cost’ guy. If we felt we could get a Beltran or an A-Rod, he could have gone in a deal. We were fortunate.”