White Sox exercise options on Castro, Thornton


Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010
2:18 PM


The White Sox have exercised 2011 club options on the contracts of catcher Ramon Castro and left-handed pitcher Matt Thornton and have released right-hander Carlos Torres to allow him to pursue an opportunity to pitch in Asia. Under terms of their deals, Castro will earn a base salary of 1.2 million in 2010, and Thornton will receive a base of 3 million.

Castro hit .278 with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 37 games in 2010, his first full season with the White Sox. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Castro made 31 starts at catcher, and his eight home runs tied for the second-highest total of his career.

Thornton, 34, was named to his first American League All-Star Team in 2010 after going 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA (18 ER60.2 IP), career-high eight saves and 81 strikeouts in 61 relief appearances.

Torres, 28, spent most of the 2010 season with Class AAA Charlotte, going 9-9 with a 3.42 ERA (61 ER160.1 IP) and 140 strikeouts in 27 games (25 starts). He also pitched in five games (one start) with the White Sox, going 0-1 with a 8.56 ERA (13 ER13.2 IP).

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