Robin Ventura for David Justice

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Date: December 7, 2001
Team: New York Yankees
Sent: Robin Ventura
Received: David Justice

The Mets and Yankees made a rare trade with each other after the 2001 season. Third baseman Robin Ventura was sent to the other side of New York in exchange for outfielder David Justice. Both players were 12-year major leaguers. Ventura spent three seasons with the Mets, totaling 77 homers and 265 runs batted in 444 games. Justice was a Yankee during the previous two years, batting .268 in 189 games with the Bronx-based team.

Justice did not get the chance to play for the Mets. One week after the trade, he was dealt to the Athletics. The Mets received pitchers Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates from the Oakland team.

Ventura had a .249 batting average with 36 homers with the Yankees in 2002 and 2003. He was dealt to the Dodgers during the '03 season.