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Here's your belated August updated on the players who wore a Mets uniform last year and are now playing elsewhere.
Jeff Francoeur: .273/.324/.466, 15 HR, .344 wOBA 2.1 fWAR
Last Month: .261/.308/.442, 11 HR, .333 wOBA, 1.6 fWAR
Frenchy has surprisingly improved since early July, and his wOBA is his highest in a single season since his 274 plate appearances in 2005 with the Braves. From 2008 through 2010, Francoeur accumulated a grand total of 0.1 fWAR, but he could wind up with his second-best season by the metric if he keeps it up. If you're tempted to miss him, though, note that his 115 wRC+, which is park- and league-adjusted, ranks 15th out of 23 qualified right fielders.
Hisanori Takahashi: 3.35 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 3.77 xFIP, 0.1 fWAR
Last Month: 3.41 ERA, 3.81 FIP, 3.44 xFIP, 0.2 fWAR
Takahashi's having a perfectly decent year out of the bullpen for the Angels, and based on the above numbers, he's been giving up a few dingers lately.
Rod Barajas: .227/.278/.398, 10 HR, .292 wOBA, 0.7 fWAR
Last Month: .220/.262/.385, 8 HR, .278 wOBA, 0.2 fWAR
Rod's made some very small improvements since last checking in on him, but he's still an incredibly overpaid player. The fact that the Dodgers let Russell Martin walk doesn't look quite as bad now as it did a couple months ago, but they also traded Carlos Santana away to the Indians back in 2008 for Casey Blake. Their catching situation could have been so much better.
Alex Cora: .229/.292/.267, 0 HR, .260 wOBA, 0.3 fWAR
Last Month: .239/.294/.275, 0 HR, .262 wOBA, 0.3 fWAR
The only reason that Cora's considered above replacement is that the defensive metrics have liked him this year, and he's been a positive when running the bases.
Henry Blanco: .219/.278/.452, 5 HR, .308 wOBA, 0.6 fWAR
Last Month: .212/.281/.481, 4 HR, .317 wOBA, 0.4 fWAR
Blanco is truly a backup with the Diamondbacks, as he's only gotten 79 plate appearances behind Miguel Montero. The fact that he's managed to hit five home runs in such little playing time must be a pleasant surprise for Arizona.
Sean Green: 5.40 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 4.38 xFIP, 0.1 fWAR
Last Month: 2.45ERA, 3.20 FIP (AAA)
Green's spent 11.2 innings with the Brew Crew now, and he's been pretty bad in that time.
The Mets obviously made the right call in letting Feliciano walk.
Chris Carter: .286/.331/.488, 14 HR, .356 wOBA (AAA)
Last Month: .277/.317/.463, 11HR, .340 wOBA (AAA)
Considering the Braves have lacked offense this year, it's a bit surprising that The Animal hasn't gotten a call-up to be a bat off the bench.
It sure looks like Maine retired since he hasn't played in a game in quite some time.
He's made a few appearances with the big league club, but he's more or less spent his time in Triple A this year, where it looks like he's been a bit on the unlucky side.
Oliver Perez: 3.04 ERA, 4.40 FIP (AA)
Last Month: 2.22 ERA, 2.62 FIP (AA)
Still toiling in AA, Perez is apparently getting pretty lucky with his 3.04 ERA. I'd be shocked to see him even get the bump to AAA this year.
It's pretty clear that Arias is not a major league player.