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Fri, Dec 13, 2013
Brewers Trade: Mota In, Estrada Out
Likely Paves Way For Catcher Jason Kendall
By Lance Allan
NEW YORK - The New York Mets acquired Johnny Estrada from Milwaukee for reliever Guillermo Mota on Tuesday, moving quickly to plug their hole at catcher after talks with Yorvit Torrealba collapsed. The 31-year-old Estrada batted .278 with 10 homers and 54 RBIs for the Brewers this year. He can become a free agent after the 2008 season. The trade likely means the Brewers will sign free agent Catcher Jason Kendall. "Johnny adds depth to our catching situation," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "He's a former All-Star who switch-hits and has hit over .300 three times in his career." Estrada had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Oct. 4 to repair a torn meniscus. He also had a bone spur removed from his right elbow. The operations were performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. The 34-year-old Mota was 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA in 52 relief appearances this season. Often booed at home, the right-hander struck out 47 and walked 18 in 59 1-3 innings.