Originally posted on FanHouse  |  Last updated 8/11/10
by Knox BardeenFiled under: Mets"Play me or trade me" isn't necessarily a new concept in the sports world; players frustrated with playing time have been uttering these words for years. But few have so eloquently phrased the ultimatum as did Molly Fletcher, Jeff Francoeur's agent. "We want to play every day," Fletcher said Tuesday. "We prefer to play in New York. But if we're not going to play every day in New York, we absolutely welcome the opportunity to play every day somewhere else." For the second time this season, Francoeur finds himself relegated to the bench or limited to part-time duty. The first happened when Carlos Beltran was activated from the disabled list on July 15. Angel Pagan was shifted to right field and Francoeur was benched. At that time Francoeur was hitting just .253 with a dismal .694 OPS. On July 26, Mets left fielder Jason Bay was placed on the disabled list after suffering a concussion and Francoeur got his chance to play again. He responded in 11 games by hitting
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