According to Maura Johnston, catcher Johnny Estrada (above) will be working out his surgically repaired left knee next spring in Port St. Lucie, as he’s just been traded to the New York Mets from Milwaukee in exchange for batting practice hurler Guillermo Mota.

Congrats to Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins on being named the 2007 National League MVP. Oddsmakers in the CSTB Gaming Division have installed 2B Chase Utley as the prohibitive fave to become the 3rd Phils starlet to win the award in as many years, with similar post-season success likely to follow.

Cleveland signed right-handed reliever Masahide Kobayashi
, a 9 year vet with the Chiba Lotte Marines, to a two-year pact. Though Kobayashi has 214 career saves in Japan, I’m not sure he could take Joe Borowski in a hot dog eating contest.