One of the biggest starting pitchers on the market is on the move. Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo has been traded to the Seattle Mariners (54-46).
Luis Castillo is in his sixth MLB season all of which have been with the Reds. He has a career 3.62 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 792.1 innings pitched in 137 starts.
He started the season on the injured list and did not make his first start until May 9, but since returning has been excellent. In 14 starts, he has gone six or more innings nine times and has gone seven innings in his last four starts. He boasts a career-best 2.86 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
The Mariners are attempting to end their 20-year playoff drought, the longest in baseball. In the hopes of claiming a 2022 playoff spot, they have gone out and gotten some incredible pitching. This offseason they got the reigning Cy Young winner in Robbie Ray. Now they have added Castillo who will boost their chances of claiming one of the three Wild Card spots.
In return, the Reds have received a much-needed group of prospects. Headed to Cincinnatti are infielders Edwin Arroyo and Noelvi Marte as well as pitchers Andrew Moore and Levi Stoudt. Over the past several years the Reds have struggled to get all of the pieces together. Getting prospects that can develop and provide solid offense and pitching will add a lot in the next few seasons.
The Mariners are fighting for one of the three Wild Card spots which is not proving easy, nevertheless, look for them to continue to play great baseball with Luis Castillo on the mound.
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