Juan Pierre Headed to the White Sox as Mets Miss Out

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Juan Pierre #9  of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during warm ups prior to the start of Game Two of the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Add Juan Pierre to the list of players who won't be making their way to the Mets next season.

SI's Jon Heyman is reporting that the Dodgers have traded the speedy outfielder to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for two minor league pitchers.

The Dodgers will reportedly pick up $10 million of the remaining $18.5 million remaining on Pierre's contract.

Last year Pierre was great during his time in Los Angeles filling in for superstar slugger Manny Ramirez. In 380 at-bats last year, Pierre hit .308 with no home runs and 31 RBI.

There was much speculation going around earlier in the offseason about the Mets swapping second baseman Luis Castillo in exchange for Pierre; however, it is clear that the trade will no longer happen.

Part of me wishes that the Mets could have found a way to acquire Pierre, because I think it would have killed two birds with one stone, so to speak.

On one hand, the Mets would have gotten a solid outfielder for the bench to replace Jeremy Reed, whom they non-tendered, and they would have cleared the path for a new second baseman.

To be fair, though, the team has many greater needs than a fourth outfielder and a new second baseman.