The Mets today sent Jeromy Burnitz, his gigantic swing, and his team-leading 18 home runs, to the LA Dodgers for three minor leaguers. It’s a bittersweet parting considering Burnitz for all his desperate struggles managed in his second go-round to elevate No. 20 past No. 18 in the Mets’ all-time home-run-by-uniform-number battle (it now stands 350-338 for 20). While it’s possible the prospects he commanded work out, the short-term violence it does to the 2003 Met offense is best not to consider without a few beers. Good luck, Nitz!

Over the weekend, the Mets activated Mike Stanton 32 and demoted Jaime Cerda 43.

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