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Mets acquire shortstop Chin-lung Hu from Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 24: Chin-lung Hu #60 of the Los Angeles Dodgers leads off second base during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 24, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Chin-lung Hu never really got another shot in Los Angeles after struggling as a rookie in 2008, and today the Dodgers traded the 27-year-old shortstop to the Mets for left-hander Michael Antonini.

Once upon a time Hu was considered a top prospect, but his bat never developed enough to match his strong glove and now his potential tops out at utility man.

He’s hit .303 in 274 games at Triple-A, but it’s an incredibly empty batting average with just 19 homers and 46 walks in 1,135 plate appearances and his .754 OPS is anything but impressive at hitter-friendly Las Vegas.

Antonini was an 18th-round pick in 2007 and spent this year between Double-A and Triple-A, posting a 4.49 ERA and 131/31 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. Antonini doesn’t project as a big leaguer, but unlike Hu he won’t require a spot on the 40-man roster.