Friday, April 13, 2012

Minor moves: Zavada released, Castro traded

Unfortunately, this 'stache will not be on display at GABP in '12

In case you missed it, the Redlegs made a couple minor moves earlier this week. Let's catch you up on those shall we?

A swap with the Sox...

On Tuesday the club traded minor league 2B Jose Castro to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for cash (amount undisclosed).

The 25-year old split time between Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville last season where he batted .306 with no home runs, 30 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

Castro was originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 32nd round of the 2005 Draft.

Southpaw shown the door...

According to this report by mlbtraderumors.com, the Reds have released LHP Clay Zavada. This comes as no surprise since the 27-year old all but vanished near the end of the preseason...with his name appearing nowhere on any roster within the organization.

Cincinnati inked Zavada to a minor league contract over the offseason, which included a non-roster invite to Spring Training. However, the mustached reliever failed to earn a spot on the Opening Day 25-man after posting a 8.10 ERA and 1.95 WHIP in six outings.

He spent the 2011 campaign in Double-A of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization where he appeared in 44 games and recorded a 3.43 ERA in 60.1 IP.

Good thing the Reds still have the facial hair of Sam LeCure in their arsenal as Zavada's sweet 'stache will be dearly missed.

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