White Sox Pick up Club Options on Castro and Thornton; Release Torres

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Today the Chicago White Sox exercised 2011 club options on catcher Ramon Castro and left-handed pitcher Matt Thornton. They also released right-hander Carlos Torres, allowing 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.

Thornton, 34, was named to his first American League All-Star Team in 2010 after going 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA (18 ER/60.2 IP), career-high eight saves and 81 strikeouts in 61 relief appearances.

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GM Kenny Williams on White Sox Stretch Run Needs

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With All-Star set-up man Matt Thornton and part-time closer/key reliever J.J. Putz now headed to the 15 day DL, the Chicago White Sox clearly have some deficiencies in the bullpen. And even before the injuries occurred, the bullpen had been the team’s Achilles heel the past couple weeks.

Sox GM Kenny Williams addressed the media on Tuesday, and mostly fielded questions about the Manny Ramirez rumors, but he also had a lot to say about what the team needs to fix internally; before filling gaps with additional players.

“I think more than anything what we’ve needed the last couple of weeks is just consistency out of our bullpen,” Williams said.

“They’ve fought to get ahead, they’ve fought to climb back in games and then take the lead only to lose it, I think more than anything that’s been the problem,” he continued.

By Paul M. Banks

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