August 13, 2022

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MLB trade deadline: Mariners acquire Luis Castillo from Reds for big prospect

MLB trade deadline: Mariners acquire Luis Castillo from Reds for big prospect

The Seattle Mariners All-Stars have landed beginning bowler Luis Castillo from Cincinnati RedsThe teams announced Friday. The deal sends potential prospects Noelfi Marti, Edwin Arroyo, Levi Studt and Andrew Moore to the Reds. We’ll get to them in a bit, but the headline there is that the Reds have named three of the Mariners’ top five players.

Castillo, 29, 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA (160 ERA+), 1.07 WHIP and 90 strikes for 28 walks in 85 innings this season. He made the All-Star Team for the second time in his career and demonstrated the ability to play like an ace at extended periods throughout his career. He’s in the midst of a run like this now, in fact, because it’s 2-0 with 1.59 ERA in his last five starts (all Reds win). He hit 41 in 34 innings, too.

The Mariners suffer the longest playoff drought in the major North American men’s professional sports. They haven’t gone beyond the season since 2001. Having only missed two games last year, they sit at the center of the playoff now, heading into Friday night 54-46 and holding the place for the second AL wild card. The move indicates General Manager Jerry DePoto’s desire to be bolder in ending the aforementioned drought.

With Castillo and Cy Young winner Robbie Ray in 2021, the Mariners now have a chance to take on heavy-caliber rookies in two playoffs – and remember, the Wild Tour is now a three-game series. Thanks to the likes of Logan Gilbert and Marco Gonzales, they have good depth of rotation too.

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Something to keep in mind at Castillo as well, is that this isn’t necessarily just a move for the rest of the 2022 season. He’s still in control of the team through next season, as he won’t hit a free agency until after the 2023 season. That means even if things don’t quite work out the rest of this year It will by no means lead to the collapse of trade in the short term yet.

As for the return:

  • Marte is 20 years old at High-A this season and has been seen as the Mariners’ best prospect, possibly a top 10 player. He hits .270/.360/.460 with 19 doubles, 15 hurdles, 55 RBI, 61 points and 12 steals in 84 games.
  • Arroyo, 18, was the Mariners’ runner-up last season out of high school. It was considered the third best prospect for sailors. In 84 Class A games this season, he has made .316/.385/.514 with 19 doubles, seven triples, 13 players, 67 RBI, 76 points, and 21 base steals.
  • Stoudt, 24, the right-handed bowler, was the Mariners’ pick for the third round of Lehigh in 2019. In his 18 Double-A starts this season, he’s been 6-6 with a 5.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 82 strokes for 22 walks in 87 a tour. It was considered the fifth best prospect for sailors.
  • Moore, 22, is a right-handed man who was the Mariners’ 14th-round pick last year. MLB.com didn’t put him on their list of the Top 30 Sailors’ prospects. In 25 class A outings, he has 1.95 ERA, 1.30 whip and 58 strikes for 17 walks in 32 1/3 runs.
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Time will tell how far the Reds will be affected by the return, but it looks like that will be for a long time.

At the Mariners’ end, Castillo contributes a deep playoff – which is certainly the goal – that will make the move worth it.