It’s official, Ramon Castro is now a former Met.
With the emergence of the latest Mets sensation Omir Santos, and the return of Brian Schneider, the Mets had to make a move and so they traded Ramon Castro to the Chicago White Sox for right handed pitcher Lance Broadway.
The Mets also kicked in some cash to sweeten the pot, with one source reporting that it was $1.4 million dollars, the amount that was left on his $2.5 million dollar contract.
Broadway, 25, will report immediately to Triple-A Buffalo after going 0-1 with a 5.65 ERA in eight games with the White Sox this year. Broadway also made three starts for Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte, recording a 0-2 record and 5.63 ERA.
Brian Schneider is due to be activated on Saturday and apparently the Mets had no intentions of carrying three catchers on the roster.
Omar Minaya, spoke with reporters after the game,
“On a night like tonight when Omir Santos plays the way he has, it makes the decision easy for us to be able to keep him.”
This was a solid move for the Mets, and I’m glad to see that they didn’t let money stand in the way of doing what was best for the team. Any move that would have led to the demotion of Omir Santos would have drawn the ire of many Mets fans including me.
Now the trick will be making Santos the starting catcher, and Brian Schneider his backup and defensive replacement.
Lets Go Mets!