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Yankees Playing Hardball in Luis Castillo Trade Negotiations

Devon Platana
The New York Yankees are playing hard ball when it comes to trade negotiations surrounding Cincinnati Reds SP Luis Castillo.
The New York Yankees are playing hard ball when it comes to trade negotiations surrounding Cincinnati Reds SP Luis Castillo. / AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The Cincinnati Reds are posed to be sellers as next month's MLB trade deadline approaches. One of their top trade chips is none other than starting pitcher Luis Castillo, who has been linked as a potential New York Yankees trade target.

Despite the Yankees' love for what Castillo brings to the table, New York Post's Jon Heyman reports that the club is playing hardball in trade negotiations. Heyman says that talks have been held up by the Bronx Bombers' refusal to part with top shortstop prospects Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza.

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It isn't a shock that the Reds are interested in either of the promising up-and-comers. Peraza opened the 2022 MLB season as Baseball America's No. 55 prospect. He's been underperforming compared to last year, but still has 11 home runs and 31 RBIs over 67 games in his first full-time season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Meanwhile, Volpe was Baseball America's No. 10 prospect in the pre-2022 rankings. The 21-year-old ranks second on Double-A Somerset when it comes to HRs (12), RBIs (42) and walks (38) while leading the Patriots with 137 total bases.

Nevertheless, Castillo is one of the top available starting pitchers, which could lead to a bidding war. Understandably, the Yankees don't want to part with either Peraza or Volpe, but that's the price that they might have to pay if several teams are vying for Castillo's services.

The 29-year-old veteran hurler has gone 3-4 in 13 starts with the Reds so far this season, pitching to a 2.77 ERA and 1.077 WHIP, which is impressive given his circumstances. His performance has led to the second All-Star nod of his career, further cementing that he's worth Cincinnati's asking price.

Only time will tell if the Yankees switch their stance if they want Castillo bad enough. Fans won't have to wait too long to find out because the MLB trade deadline takes place on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. ET.

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