Justin Huber Traded

The Royals have traded Justin Huber — but not to the Mets.

Rather, Huber was sent to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. Huber was out of options and wasn’t part of KC’s 2008 plans.

Yes, it was a longshot for Huber to return to the Mets organization, but he appeared to be a decent fit. After all, don’t the Mets need a RH-hitting first baseman / outfielder / backup catcher? Or am I missing something?

In truth, Huber hasn’t caught since 2004, so he wouldn’t be a viable option compared to Raul Casanova. And his career .204 average isn’t exactly awe-inspiring. But we Mets fans tend to get attached to the youngins’ that come up through the organization, and as a result we sometimes look past reality in our assessments. Heck, a part of me is wondering why Preston Wilson and Grant Roberts aren’t in camp.

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