Thank You, Ramon. Tear It Up in Chi-Town
- Updated: May 30, 2009
The Mets traded away Ramon Castro last night to the Chicago White Sox in a deal that few Mets fans were surprised by and few other baseball fans likely even noticed.
In return for their backup catcher of four years, the Mets received Lance Broadway, a right-handed pitcher who’s appeared in 19 games since making his debut in 2007.
People will certainly argue the merits of this trade ad nauseam because, well, that’s what real fans do. In this case, I abstain, for the most part. Castro was a nice backup catcher, nothing more or less. He had some clutch moments for the Mets over the years, and I always liked the way he played and the fact that he put together reasonably professional at-bats. Omir Santos is arguably a better version of Castro and five years younger (granted, Santos’s body of evidence is miniscule in comparion).
Of course, there’s the argument that Brian Schneider is garbage as well, so why dump Castro. I see it, and I don’t. I like Schneider behind the plate (defensively and calling games) and don’t mind the righty-lefty platoon with Schneider and Castro. A little hitting from Brian would certainly be nice, but there aren’t a lot of difference-making offensive catchers out there so this is not an uncomming thing for teams. Good fielding, slow, mediocre-hitting catcher(s)…it’s kind of par for the course.
The big question mark is what, if anything, Lance Broadway means in this whoel thing. Which, of course, nobody has any clue about. The only intelligent thing I might be able to say is that Broadway went #15 overall in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft, and he’s only 25 years old. Then again, Castro was the #17 pick in the ’94 draft, so who the hell knows. Which is my point, if I have one.
The real point is that I’ll miss pudgy old Ramon. Catchers are rarely offensive stars in this National League, as Santos’s leading RBI totals among NL catchers (since his call-up) shows. However, Castro boasts the third-highest home run/at-bat ratio among all-time Mets catchers behind Piazza and Hundley. This stat is also rather frigthening. Bottom line: we liked Castro, and he did some good things in New York. For four years, he was dependable and played hard for this team. He was solid, if not spectacular, and he always seemed to be having fund out on the diamond.
I hope Ramon gets a shot to play a bit more regularly out in Chicago, although it might be a challenge with A.J. We wouldn’t be surprised if he does some good things in the AL. Best of luck, Ramon, and thanks for your service. Tear it up.