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. (Read more Cincinnati Reds stories.)