Jeff Francoeur traded to Rangers for Joaquin Arias

The Mets have said Jeff Francoeur has been traded to to the Texas Rangers in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias.

To learn about Arias, read this post from earlier today on MetsBlog.

Updated at 10:35 pm:

Jeff Francoeur told reporters he has been traded to the Rangers, adding:

“It’s exciting, because I get the opportunity to go a team well on the way to the playoffs… It’s kind of bittersweet.  Going in to this year, I didn’t envision the year going the way it did, for me personally or for the team.  But, at the same time, I feel I came out to play hard every day.  Sometimes, yeah, I wasn’t the best, and you got frustrated.  But, you know, this is going to be a good opportunity to go play against some lefties and go to the playoffs.”

He said he will miss his teammates, the fans and the coaching staff.

According to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, “No official word yet on who the Rangers will get back in the deal but infielder Joaquin Arias is believed to be a part of the deal.”

Updated at 10:28 pm:

Francoeur is in a private meeting with Jerry Manuel and John Ricco.

Updated at 10:22 pm:

SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt said Francoeur’s locker is empty.

Original Post at 10:19 pm:

The Mets are not saying one way or the other, officially, but, according to people close to the team, they are finalizing a trade involving Jeff Francoeur.