CHICAGO -- When relief pitcher Josh Zeid was traded to the Astros from the Phillies two years ago, it was Double-A manager Mark Parent who delivered the news. Zeid and teammate Jarred Cosart both got a chance to reunite this week with Parent, who's the bench coach for the White Sox.
Parent was managing at Double-A Reading when Zeid, Cosart, Jonathon Singleton and Domingo Santana were traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal. Cosart had Parent as his manager in 2010 in Class A Lakewood.
"When I got traded to the Astros, he told me he was extremely proud of me that day," Zeid said. "He said it was a great opportunity to go the Major Leagues. That day, you don't believe it, but he was right. He was one of my favorite managers to have, and it's nice to have it come full circle."
Cosart, who will start Wednesday's series finale at U.S. Cellular Field, had a long talk Monday with Parent, who congratulated him for his early success.
"Obviously, being in low A felt like ages ago, and he said obviously things clicked and I got better since my time with him, and he's been following me and Zeid and Singleton and kept up with us," Cosart said. "It's good to kind of rekindle with people you've played with or had coach you in the past. You meet a lot of people in the game, and he's a good person to know."