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Mets Rid Themselves of Mota, Fill Catching Vacancy

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Per Adam Rubin's blog at the Daily News, the Mets have traded useless steroid abuser Guillermo Mota to the Brewers in exchange for catcher Johnny Estrada. Estrada hit .314/.378/.450 with the Braves in 2004 and has yet to crack a 92 OPS+ since then.

Whatever. Mota is gone and the Mets have a platoon partner for Ramon Castro.

DocMets16 and twassel each have posted diaries on this, so check those out as well. Also check out Estrada's career stats at Baseball-Reference.com.

Don Burke at NJ.com confirms the deal, and Omar Minaya adds his take on Estrad:

"Johnny adds depth to our catching situation," said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya. "He's a former All-Star who switch-hits and has hit over .300 three times in his career."
UPDATE [6:55pm]: And the Official Press Release.