Insider Names Mariners Most Aggressive Team in Pitching Market for Pair of Aces
The MLB Trade Deadline is less than a week away, and the rumors are starting to heat up, especially for the two dominant starting pitchers available. That's none other than Cincinnati Reds' Luis Castillo and Oakland Athletics' Frankie Montas.
ESPN's Jeff Passan recently gave a primer on the trade market for this year's pitchers and named a couple teams as the most aggressive in pursuit of these two aces.
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Passan dubbed the Mariners in the group of "hottest" teams pursuing both Castillo and Montas.
Seattle's pitching staff has had a far greater impact on their success than the offense. The Mariners rank just 23rd in runs scored (402) but the returns of Mitch Haniger and Kyle Lewis from injury could be enough of an internal "upgrade."
Adding pitching would only strengthen the best unit on Seattle's current roster. The Mariners' overall pitching staff ranks fifth in the big leagues with a 3.58 ERA. Their starting rotation ranks sixth with a 3.65 mark.
Passan pointed to the fifth spot in Seattle's rotation as an area of interest. Rookie George Kriby has been impressive across 13 starts (3.50 ERA), but he's "already thrown a single-season career-high in innings."
Eating up innings with a proven ace such as Castillo or Montas makes the Mariners' rotation downright dangerous. Castillo has been the better pitcher in 2022, with his elite 2.77 ERA and 82 strikeouts but Montas is no slouch, touting a career-best 3.18 ERA in 19 starts.
The Mariners trail the Houston Astros by 11.0 games in the AL West, but hold a firm spot in the Wild Card race. For now, Seattle ranks T-11th with +4500 odds to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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