Mets trade Justice to Oakland

David Justice didn't last long in a New York Mets uniform.

Justice was traded to the Oakland Athletics on Friday for reliever Mark Guthrie and minor league pitcher Tyler Yates. The Mets will pay part of Justice's $7 million salary next season.

Justice was acquired from the New York Yankees by the Mets on Dec. 7 for third baseman Robin Ventura in the first trade between the two New York teams in over eight years.

"I'm at that point of my career where you can always be traded at any minute," Justice said last week.

It's suspected that moving Justice to Oakland will allow the Mets to have more serious talks with free agent Juan Gonzalez and it also gives the A's some power that was lost when first baseman Jason Giambi signed with the Yankees on Thursday.

Justice, 35, struggled with injuries last season which had an impact on his offensive output. He hit just .241 with 18 homers and 51 RBIs.

Guthrie was 6-2 with one save and a 4.47 ERA this year in 52 1/3 innings. The 36-year-old left-hander has a 44-48 career record with 13 saves. He's played for Minnesota, Los Angeles, Boston, the Chicago White Sox, Toronto and Tampa Bay in his 12-year career.