Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Mets seek replacement for Castro and more

Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports writes about The Mets in talks with the Rockies for a replacement catcher for Ramon Castro and a utility player:

Danny Ardoin, 32, was designated for assignment by the Rockies last Friday. A poor hitter but strong defender, he likely would replace Mike DiFelice. Ramon Castro, the Mets' primary backup catcher, underwent surgery last week to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Luis Gonzalez, 27, primarily is a second baseman, but he has played all four infield positions in the past two seasons as well as left field and right. He would give the Mets protection if Jose Valentin again is slowed by his right hamstring injury. Chris Woodward is currently the Mets' only backup infielder.

In return for Ardoin and Gonzalez, the Rockies likely would receive Class AA right-hander Matt Lindstrom, 26, or Class AA right-hander Henry Owens, 27.

Owens currently is pitching for Team USA in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Neither he nor Lindstrom has pitched above Class AA.

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