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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

Don Burke at 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.