The Seattle Mariners announced on Friday that the Cincinnati Reds have traded starting pitcher Luis Castillo to them. The move was initially reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. According to C.,
the Reds have agreed to acquire four prospects from the M’s, including shortstop Noelvi Marte. Athletics’ Trent Rosecrans. Edwin Arroyo, Levi Stoudt, and Andrew Moore are all joining the Cincinnati Reds in the deal.
According to MLB.com’s prospect rankings, Marte is currently rated 18th overall. For the Single-A Everett AquaSox, the 20-year-old was hitting.270 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI as of Friday. Arroyo is currently ranked as the Mariners’ third-best prospect by MLB.com and the league’s No. 93 overall. The Mariners have Stoudt ranked fifth on their list.
The Reds are cutting costs in every way they can. According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, Cincinnati’s Opening Day payroll rose from 15th to 16th to 17th between 2019 and 21. However, recent business activity indicated that the brand was about to undergo a financial reset after not being a significant spender in recent years.
This from Krall: "going into 2022, we must align our payroll to our resources and continue focusing on scouting and developing young talent from within our
system" tells you exactly what ownership is stressing — and it's not winning https://t.co/BKb3KsapYJ
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) November 3, 2021
Detroit Tigers traded for Tucker Barnhart, who will make $7.5 million in 2022. As a result of this decision, the Reds did not accept Wade Miley’s $10 million option. Once Sonny Gray and Eugenio Suarez were traded, Jesse Winker was released.
Castillo will be a free agent in 2024 after serving his final two years of arbitration with the National Basketball Association. Since the Reds had other priorities, it didn’t matter that he would make less money until then than he would if he were available on the open market.
The fact that he was under contract meant that this was the last chance for GM Nick Krall to get the most out of a deal. In order to get the most out of a player with an expiring contract, you have to accept a low price.
Adding another ace.
We’ve acquired All-Star RHP Luis Castillo from the Reds in exchange for IF Noelvi Marte, IF Edwin Arroyo, RHP Levi Stoudt and RHP Andrew Moore.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 30, 2022
Boston Red Sox has no choice but to trade Mookie Betts at a loss because of his one-year-to-free-agent status. In 2021, Castillo made 33 starts and went 8-16 with a 3.98 ERA and a 3.75 FIP, a modest decrease in output from the year before.
In 2020, the right-hander had 12 appearances, with a 3.21 ERA and a 2.65 FIP, in which he was 4-6. He fanned 11.44 times per nine innings and walked just 3.09 times. Among pitchers, he was sixth with a 2.5 WAR.
Castillo’s 2022 season got off to a rough start when he was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and missed Opening Day. It’s been 14 starts since his return, during which time he’s gone 4-4, 2.86 earned run average, and 3.21 earned run average (FIP).
Shoulder pain is a worrisome sign because it can indicate a more serious problem. Castillo, on the other hand, appears to have escaped any significant consequences. As good as he’s been thus far, it’s fair to ask what kind of impact a change of setting would have on his performance.
When asked about the growing dissatisfaction of fans, Team President Phil Castellini virtually encouraged them to cease rooting for the team. Cincinnati’s struggles on the field are best summed up by the fact that the Reds lost despite throwing a combined no-hitter. Finding the drive to keep playing at a high level may become harder as the defeats mounted.
The Mariners are taking a risk by acquiring Castillo. He’s a competent performer who’s had one genuinely exceptional pitch. Baseball Savant predicted a.267 slugging percentage and a.244 wOBA for his changeup in 2021, despite some early problems.
Castillo may have gone unnoticed by many Cincinnati Reds fans due to the team’s lack of recent success and the city’s modest market size. That’s no longer the case, as his relocation to Seattle will bring with it an increased amount of scrutiny.
It’s unlikely that the Seattle Mariners will catch the Houston Astros atop the American League West, but they do have a good chance of securing a wild-card berth. For a team that hasn’t played in the playoffs since 2001, just making it to the postseason is a huge accomplishment.
Seattle’s chances of making the playoffs this year aren’t as slim as they were before the arrival of Julio Rodriguez and a slew of promising young players. Jerry Dipoto’s refurbishment has produced this result.
Castillo’s addition doesn’t transform the Mariners into World Series contenders, but it does increase their chances of going deep into the postseason just a tad.
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