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Sox, Castro agree to 1-year deal
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Published: 1/12/2010 3:15 PM

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The White Sox and catcher Ramon Castro have agreed to terms on a one-year, $800,000 contract which includes a club option for 2011 at $1.2 million with a $200,000 buyout. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Sox designated catcher Cole Armstrong for assignment.

Castro, 33, combined to hit .219 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 57 games last season between the New York Mets and White Sox. He was acquired from the Mets on May 29 in exchange for pitcher Lance Broadway.

The 6-foot-3 and 260-pound Castro, who caught Mark Buehrle's perfect game on July 23 vs. Tampa Bay, threw out 22.5 percent (9-40) of attempted basestealers in 2009.

Castro is a career .233 (290-1,243) hitter with 55 home runs and 186 RBI in 507 games over 11 major-league seasons with Florida (1999-2004), the Mets (2005-09) and White Sox. He has thrown out 26.0 percent (64-246) of attempted basestealers and owns a .256 (78-305) lifetime average vs. left-handers.

Armstrong, 26, batted .252 (62-246) with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 69 games with Class AAA Charlotte in 2009. He was selected by the White Sox from Atlanta in the 2005 Rule 5 Draft.

The White Sox 40-man roster remains at 40.