Reds Deal Conine to Mets

Cincinnati hopes to build winning squad with young prospects
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 20, 2007 11:45 PM CDT
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Jeff Conine watches his three-run home run scoring Ken Griffey Jr., and Adam Dunn during the third inning of their baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Cincinnati Reds traded outfielder Jeff Conine to the New York Mets for two minor leaguers yesterday. While Conine says he's thrilled with the chance to take part in a pennant race with the leaders of the National League East, the struggling Reds continue their efforts to build a winning squad with young prospects. The deal hands Cincinnati shortstop Jose Castro and outfielder Sean Henry.

Both Castro and Henry move to Double-A Chattanooga from their Florida State League club. Castro, 20, has 2 homers, 25 RBI, and a .318 average with St. Lucie, while Henry, 22, is .293 with 57 RBI and 11 dingers. Cincinnati has called up outfielder Jorge Cantu to replace Conine.