Jeff Francoeur spoke to a pool reporter at Kauffman Stadium just before the Rangers saw their game with Kansas City end in a 10-9 loss thanks to a wild pitch by Alexi Ogando. The newest Rangers player, who will join the team Wednesdsay assuming the weather clears long enough for a flight to land here, had this to say about being traded from the New York Mets with cash for infield Joaquin Arias.
On learning about trade: I heard a bunch of stuff today. I got off the field at about 10:15 when the game ended and [Mets manager] Jerry [Manuel] called me into his office and said it was official. I heard about a couple of other teams today, but I don't know which ones."
On coming to team in first place: Obviously to come to a team in first place and go to the playoffs is great. I had a great three months of the season, and it fell off for me and the team. It's a great opportunity for me to come and help.
On his part-time role: Whatever Wash [manager Ron Washington] wants me to do. I have no clue [what my role will be]. I'm looking forward to coming off the bench and hit lefties and play against lefties. I know there's a lot of great outfielders on the team. I talked to Jon Daniels and told him that. If I play just against lefties, Im willing to do it. I'm coming there to do whatever I can. I'm not coming in there demanding to play every day. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to play on a team in first place. You won't hear a peep from me about playing time. It was a little different in New York when that was going on. Anybody wanted to play.
On playing in postseason: I got lucky coming up in '05. I came up with Atlanta, and it was the 14th or 15th year in the row they made the postseason. I thought that was the norm. The last four years, I haven't been in the playoffs. That's why I'm so excited. I love the opportunity to be on the team. I want to be on a team that's obviously headed to the playoffs. I'm going to pull like hell for us to win. I'm refreshed to go to a team that's in first place. Anytime you get a chance to go to the playoffs, you gotta be excited about it. I've been watching the last couple weeks how many lefties are in the division and the playoffs with Yankees and White Sox.
On leaving the Mets: It's like anything. It's bittersweet. I had so many friends, J-Bay [Jason Bay] and a bunch of those guys. At the same time, the last couple weeks for us, have been hard. We tried hard, but it just didn't work out for us. It's been a tough year for me.