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Met Trade Justice One Week After Acquiring Baseball Outfielder From Yankees - 2001-12-15

In Major League Baseball, outfielder David Justice has been traded to the Oakland Athletics just one week after joining the New York Mets.

Justice, who had a .241 batting average with 18 home runs and 51 runs batted in this past year while playing for the New York Yankees, had gone to the Mets December 7 for third baseman Robin Ventura.

On Friday, the Mets traded Justice to Oakland in exchange for relief pitcher Mark Guthrie and minor league pitcher Tyler Yates. New York made the trade one day after agreeing to an $18 million, four-year deal with Roger Cedeno.

Guthrie had six wins and two losses with one save and an earned run average of 4.47 in 2001. The left-handed pitcher has a career record of 44 wins and 48 losses in his Major League career.