PORT ST. LUCIE — The New York Mets made a trade on Monday that could affect whether the St. Lucie Mets make the postseason.
St. Lucie Mets outfielder Sean Henry and shortstop Jose Castro were traded for Cincinnati Reds first baseman Jeff Conine. It's a move that could help the organization at the major league level but hurts St. Lucie's bid for the postseason.
“They're a big part of our ball club, but this is a great opportunity for them and it helps the organization at the major league level,” St. Lucie manager Frank Cacciatore said.
Castro, 20, packed his bags for the move while St. Lucie took the field on Monday.
“I feel sad, but I feel happy,” Castro said. “I'm sad because the Mets gave me a chance, but Cincinnati wants me, so that's good.
“It's hard. I hoped to play with my team, but that's baseball.”
Castro was batting .318 in 77 games and will be pushed up to Double-A Chattanooga, according to minorleaguebaseball.com. Henry, 22, batted .293 with 11 home runs and 18 steals.