10/26/2010 2:06 PM ET
White Sox exercise 2011 club options on Ramon Castro and Matt Thornton; Request waivers on Carlos Torres
CHICAGO - The Chicago 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, 34, hit .278 (32-115) 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 ER/60.2 IP), career-high eight saves and 81 strikeouts in 61 relief appearances.
Thornton led all AL relievers in strikeouts per 9.0 IP (12.02), strikeouts and inherited runners scored percentage (12.9), ranked eighth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.05) and holds (21) and ninth in opponents average (.191). He limited left-handers to a .175 (17-97) average with 44 strikeouts and became the first Sox reliever to top the AL in strikeouts since Keith Foulke in 1999.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Thornton is 26-23 with a 3.68 ERA (158 ER/400.1 IP) and 436 strikeouts in 410 games (one start) over seven major-league seasons with Seattle (2004-05) and Chicago (2006-10).
Along with Pedro Feliciano, Matt Guerrier and Arthur Rhodes, Thornton is one of four relievers to record at least 20 holds in each of the last three seasons, going 16-10 with a 2.70 ERA (60 ER/200.1 IP), 245 strikeouts and 65 holds in that span.
Thornton is the White Sox all-time leader with 100 holds.
Torres, 28, spent most of the 2010 season with Class AAA Charlotte, going 9-9 with a 3.42 ERA (61 ER/160.1 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 ER/13.2 IP).