Castro to the White Sox; Broadway gone

The White Sox acquired catcher Ramon Castro and cash from the New York Mets for right-handed reliever Lance Broadway in a trade announced after Friday’s victory. Castro is hitting .252 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 26 games, but more importantly, Castro has thrown out 27.7 percent of attempted basestealers in his career.

Prior to Saturday’s game, Corky Miller will be designated for assignment by the White Sox and left-handed reliever Wes Whisler will be called up from Triple-A Charlotte.


In my opinion this helps the Sox. Lance Broadway was another one of those ‘over hyped’ prospects who had chances and could never figure it out about how to perform in the big leagues.

Give Kenny Williams credit for getting a serviceable veteran backup for him. That is one of the things Kenny has been brilliant at since taking over in November 2000, getting other organizations to take White Sox failed minor league prospects for proven major league players.

And the thing is, only one or two of them in nine years has ever developed into something with a new organization. For every Chris Young, there are four or five Jeremy Reed’s and Matt Guerrier’s.

And giving Kenny credit on another subject, he is quickly figuring out who among his ‘off season’ moves simply can’t play and he is removing them.

Jerry Owens…gone. Brent Lillibridge…gone. “Corky” Miller…gone. And let’s not forget Mike MacDougal.

If I were Jimmy Gobble, Wilson Betemit and perhaps one or two other players (Dewayne Wise? Jose Contreras??), I’d start to be a little nervous.

Ramon Castro isn’t going to be an All Star but he’s got to be better then “Corky” Miller and he’s actually thrown out potential base stealers!

I thought this was a weird trade. Looking at Castro’s numbers, he isn’t that much better than Corky Miller. You cannot blame Miller’s 1-for-9 rating on tossing out base runners. It’s been said before that White Sox pitchers do not hold runners very well. I think it came down to Miller’s batting average with the Sox up/down offense. While Broadway haven’t pitched well in clutch situations, I think he is worth more than a backup catcher. It seems that Ozzie wants to give AJ more days off in the summer, so I really hope Castro works out. —

I’m not sure I like this deal. I thought Corky was doing a decent job……so far I’m not impressed with Castro, but I guess time will tell.

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