Luis Castillo's Trade Market Heating Up Ahead of Deadline

Larry Rupp
The market for pitcher Luis Castillo is heating up ahead of the MLB Trade Deadline.
The market for pitcher Luis Castillo is heating up ahead of the MLB Trade Deadline. / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Reds currently own the worst record in the National League (24-47), which sets them up to be sellers at the MLB Trade Deadline. A few players on the roster stick out as potential trade chips, but the market for starting pitcher Luis Castillo seems to be heating up the most early on.

Luis Castillo Trade Rumors

The Reds' front office has already been in talks with the New York Yankees regarding Castillo's status, according to sportswriter Peter Gammons. In return, Cincinnati is scouting Yankees' minor leaguer, Will Warren, who has posted a 3-2 record and a 3.12 ERA across five Double-A starts this season.

Castillo's name becoming a hot commodity during the month of July wouldn't be a huge surprise. The 29-year-old averages 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings in his career and can still touch 96 mph with his fastball. In 2022, Castillo owns a 3.71 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through 51.0 innings pitched (9 starts).

Seeing Castillo land with manager Aaron Boone would be an unexpected outcome. The Yankees are currently tied for the best team ERA in baseball (2.94) and feature five starters with an ERA under 3.40. Acquiring more rotation depth in case of injury is never a bad idea, though.

This isn't going to be the last time a contending team is linked to Castillo considering he is playing on an affordable salary ($7.35 million) and has one year left of arbitration eligibility. Notable squads like the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets have been linked to the 2019 All-Star hurler in past weeks.

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