MLB trade deadline: Mariners acquire Luis Castillo from Reds for huge potential catch

MLB trade deadline: Mariners acquire Luis Castillo from Reds for huge potential catch

The Seattle Mariners have landed All-Star starting pitcher Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds, teams announced Friday. The deal sends prospects Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo, Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore to the Reds. We’ll get to that in a moment, but the headline there is that the Reds have three of the Mariners’ top five candidates.

Castillo, 29, is 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA (160 ERA+), 1.07 WHIP and 90 strikeouts against 28 walks in 85 innings this season. He made the All-Star for the second time in his career and has shown throughout his career that he can serve like an ace over long distances. He’s in the midst of such a run right now, as he’s 2-0 in his last five starts with a 1.59 ERA (all Reds win). He also struck out 41 in 34 innings.

The Mariners have the longest playoff drought in major North American men’s pro sports. They haven’t been in the postseason since 2001. After missing by just two games last year, they are now in playoff position, going 54-46 on Friday night and holding the second AL wildcard spot. The move signals General Manager Jerry Dipoto’s willingness to take even more aggressive action to end the drought.

With Castillo and 2021 Cy Young winner Robbie Ray, the Mariners now have a chance to earn quality starters in two playoff games — and remember, the wild card round is now a three-game streak . They also have a good depth of rotation thanks to the likes of Logan Gilbert and Marco Gonzales.

Another thing to note about Castillo is that this isn’t necessarily just a move for the remainder of the 2022 season. He’s still under team control through next season as he won’t reach free agency until after the 2023 season. That said, even if things don’t quite work out for the remainder of this year, it still wouldn’t send the trade into a bust.

Regarding the return:

  • A 20-year shortstop in High-A this season, Marte was considered the top prospect the Mariners had, possibly a top-10 overall type. He’s hitting .270/.360/.460 with 19 doubles, 15 home runs, 55 RBI, 61 runs and 12 steals in 84 games.
  • Arroyo, 18, was the Mariners’ runner-up after high school last season. He was considered the Mariners’ third-best candidate. In 84 Class A games this season, he has hit .316/.385/.514 with 19 doubles, seven triples, 13 homers, 67 RBI, 76 runs and 21 stolen bases.
  • Stoudt, a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher, was the Mariners’ third pick against Lehigh in 2019. In 18 Double-A starts this season, he is 6-6 with 22 walks in 87 innings with a 5.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 82 strikeouts. He was considered the Mariners’ fifth-best pick.
  • Moore, a 22-year-old right-hander, was the Mariners’ 14th-round pick last year. MLB.com did not list him in the Mariners top-30. In 25 Class A games, he has a 1.95 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 58 strikeouts against 17 walks in 32 1/3 innings.

Time will tell how the return plays out for the Reds but it looks like quite the haul.

On the Mariners’ side, Castillo, who’s contributing to a deep playoff run – which is certainly the goal – will make the move worthwhile.

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