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Mets Trade Eddie Kunz To Padres For Allan Dykstra

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The Mets have traded ruff-riding RHP Eddie Kunz to the Padres for first baseman Allan Dykstra. Kunz was a first-round pick of the Mets in 2007, a sandwich selection awarded as compensation when Roberto Hernandez signed with the Pirates. Kunz looked like a reliable ground ball righty early on but now he looks like a washout whose claim to fame around these parts was a blog post he wrote from the Arizona Fall League back in October 2008 in which he described his previous outing as "ruff."

Dykstra was a first-round pick of the Padres in the 2008 draft, taken 23rd overall. He has 189 walks and 232 strike outs in 1,038 minor league plate appearances and has shown a little bit of pop. He's only 23 and his plate discipline is enviable, but he hasn't hit for average yet and, as a first baseman, he has nowhere else to tumble on the defensive spectrum. Unless, of course, he can find a way to tumble upwards (or, rather, leftwards).

Kunz had zero tools and Dykstra appears to have at least one, so this looks like a nothing-for-something trade from the Mets' perspective.

As Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta both arrived in New York via the Padres' organization, you have to figure one or the other is a Dykstra fan.