On Saturday, the Seattle Mariners and pitcher Luis Castillo reached an extension of their five-year contract.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Castillo’s contract deal is worth $108 million with a potential maximum of $133 million thanks to a sixth-year vesting option.
BREAKING: Right-hander Luis Castillo and the Seattle Mariners are in agreement on a five-year, $108 million contract extension, sources tell ESPN. A sixth-year vesting option can take it to $133 million.
M’s got Castillo at the trade deadline and now lock him up for half-decade.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 24, 2022
Castillo was traded to the Mariners by the Reds from Cincinnati on July 29. The 29-year-old has made nine starts for the M’s, compiling a 3-2 record with a 2.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 64 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched.
What lies ahead for the Mariners is promising. After becoming the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to record 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases in a single season, outfielder Julio Rodrguez signed a contract extension through 2034.
The 21-year-old will serve as the team’s batting centerpiece for at least the next decade, and Castillo will do the same for the Mariners’ rotation.
The current version of the Mariners is also pretty excellent, with the team seemingly headed for the postseason for the first time since 2001. The Baltimore Orioles are only three games behind the Mariners for the second and final American League Wild Card slot, but with only a week and a half left in the season, time is running out for the O’s.
Castillo has been an important cog in the second-half success of the Mariners, and he could be an even bigger asset in the postseason. Castillo, at his peak performance, is a shutdown ace capable of single-handedly lifting his team to victory.
He’s contributed to Seattle’s impressive starting rotation, which features 2021 AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray and 13-6 starter Logan Gilbert (3.24 ERA).
Before the playoffs, Castillo’s playing time will be limited. On Sunday, he’ll make his first start for the Royals in his new contract.