When the Mets traded Ramon Castro away to the Chicago White Sox for right-handed pitcher Lance Broadway, they also sent along $1.47 million in salary, the difference between the two players’ contracts.
Broadway played his first game by pitching in relief for AAA Buffalo on Monday in Durham, N.C. Broadway threw two-thirds of an inning and allowed an inherited runner to score in the Bisons’ 6-4 loss.
Meanwhile, Castro has said he’s happy to be reunited with his former manager, Ozzie Guillen, whom he played for when they won the World Series in 2003 with the Florida Marlins. Castro is listed as the backup to A.J. Pierzynski on the White Sox roster but has yet to play a game. He’s been busy trying to learn all of the White Six hurlers’ pitches in the bullpen.
I wish the guy all the luck in the world. It’s nice that the Mets won’t have to face him, unless it’s in the World Series. Hopefully, Castro doesn’t have any bad feelings toward the Mets and realizes that it’s business and part of the game. It happens to virtually every player. A younger, healthier and better guy comes along and if you’re not up for the challenge, then you might get dealt.
He had his ups and downs during his four-plus years with the Mets, but players and fans should look fondly and thank him for his contributions.