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The U Files # 36: The Burnitz Maneuver

2B Victor Diaz Key Component of Burnitz Deal

He came to the Mets with an oddly spelled name (that's Jeromy with an O) and the loud blare of hype, and leaves with the Mets on the other side of the hype. In the second trade pulled by the Mets interim General Manager Jim Duquette, Burnitz takes his home run stroke to Hollywood, leaving the Mets a prospect with a ceiling. The Mets Monday announced the trade of Burnitz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league INF Victor Diaz, minor league RHP Josedo Diaz and minor league RHP Kole Strayhorn.

Imported two years ago, Jeromy Burnitz was supposed to provide left-handed thunder in the lineup and help carry the Mets to a playoff berth. In the second year of his second Mets career, he did his part but the team around him did not. The Mets come to the All Star break with the second worst offense in the National League, having scored 389 runs In 93 games – a pace to score just 678 runs on...

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