Hole Plugged

The abortive Yorvit Torrealba experiment at least made me a lot happier to see the Mets deal Guillermo Mota for Johnny Estrada. Mota, of course, had to go, and I was surprised they didn’t have to pay someone to take him – but then, he has a good arm and OK control, so there’s always someone who thinks they can get a good year out of him.
As for Estrada, who’s 32 and in the last year of his contract, the danger sign is his declining plate patience – 25 walks in two years, a .296 OBP last season – but he batted .278 and slugged .403 last year, and did better than that (albeit in Arizona) in 2006; if that’s your #8 hitter, you could do worse. (As a switch hitter he might be available to platoon with Castro, but Estrada hits lefties just fine).

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  1. Crank, the fact that this is his third organization in three years might make some pause. Respectable catchers are hard to find and he fits that bill. I wonder if there is some extra baggege there.

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