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Saturday, May 30, 2009

White Sox - Acquired Castro

Chicago White Sox - Acquired C Ramon Castro and some cash for P Lance Broadway.

Excellent move by the White Sox here.  It’s not going to push the Sox to win the division, but when acquiring talent, when you can get a league-average player very cheaply, it’s very hard to resist it.

This move also represents some very odd planning by the Mets.  Omir Santos, the player who has made Castro “expendable” is a 28-year-old with a career .636 OPS in AAA ball who has had a couple of big homers in the majors.  This is akin to winning $25 in a scratch-and-win from the 7-11 and deciding that your State Lottery has made your 401k expendable.

A.J. Pierogie is going nowhere, however, so Castro’s going to see a lot of bench time.  Theoretically, the White Sox could give Castro some time against lefties (Pierzynski has a career .654 OPS against them), but I wouldn’t want to count on it, as the White Sox haven’t shown much of an inclination to spell the Polish Prince much in the past.  Of course, one could argue accurately it’s been a while since the Sox had a backup catcher that you’d ever want to see in the lineup.

Broadway must be a pretty tough guy to survive the beatings that his name no doubt caused in grade school, but he’s still a starter that neither has a good fastball nor changes speeds very well and it’s not easy making the majors on just a curveball that’s good, but not Gregg Olson-like.  Without being able to fool International League hitters, it’s pretty unlikely he’s going to be very effective against the National League.

2009 ZIPS Projection - Ramon Castro
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI   BB   SO SB   BA OBP SLG
Year-to-Date   79   5   20   5   0   3   13   8   16   0 .253 .322 .430
Rest-of-Year   116   13   29   6   0   6   21   11   28   0 .250 .314 .460
Total       195   18   49 11   0   9   34   19   44   0 .251 .317 .448

Year-to-date totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.

2009 ZIPS Projection - Lance Broadway
            W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER   HR   BB   SO   ERA
Year-to-Date   1   1   3   3   15.3   18   10   3   5   10 5.87
Rest-of-Year   4   7   17 16   95.3 114   63   18   40   50 5.95
Total         5   8   20 19 110.7 132   73   21   45   60 5.94

Year-to-date totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.


Dan Szymborski Posted: May 30, 2009 at 02:11 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SuperGrover Posted: May 30, 2009 at 07:09 PM (#3200144)
It'll be interesting to see if Castro becomes a legit platoon partner for AJ. That was the plan when Toby Hall was signed but he got hurt and then was pretty awful. Whatever the case, it's definitely and upgrade from Corky Miller and we gave up nothing.
   2. HowardMegdal Posted: July 01, 2009 at 05:49 PM (#3239099)
So much for platooning.
   3. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: July 01, 2009 at 05:52 PM (#3239105)
Yeah, that was never going to happen. Guillen loves him some Pierzynski.

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