Reds acquire 4 prospects from Mariners for Luis Castillo

CINCINNATI — The Reds had no scarcity of suitors who needed a crack at buying rotation ace Luis Castillo as Tuesday’s 6 pm ET Trade Deadline approached. General supervisor Nick Krall made the transfer on Friday evening.

Castillo was traded to the Mariners for 4 Minor League prospects, together with three who have been ranked within the high 5 of Seattle’s group on the time of the deal.

“We appreciated the top-end gamers, additionally with some depth to the deal. I’d say we had 10-15 groups that have been in at some degree,” Krall stated following a 6-2 Reds loss to the Orioles. “We tried to get the perfect gamers we may get again. We felt that this was the perfect return we may get for Luis and the perfect we may do. We actually like all 4 gamers and suppose all 4 gamers have an opportunity to be potential huge leaguers.”

Castillo, 29, is 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 14 begins this season and was named to the National League All-Star staff for the second time earlier this month. He joined the Reds in a January 2017 commerce that despatched veteran beginning pitcher Dan Straily to the Marlins.

“Luis is likely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever come throughout on this clubhouse. Great man, nice pitcher. Family man. Just actually nice to have him right here for so long as we did,” Krall stated. “But on the finish of the day, we needed to make ourselves higher for the lengthy haul. We felt these 4 gamers are going to assist us try this.”

In his closing begin on Wednesday vs. the Marlins, Castillo pitched seven robust innings and struck out the facet within the seventh earlier than being despatched off with a standing ovation from Reds followers at Great American Ball Park.

“It’s been a wonderful expertise,” Castillo stated by means of translator Jorge Merlos. “The personnel, the staff, everybody that I’ve been in a position to make some sort of reference to. To have my title in followers’ mouths and have them cheer me on and say issues about me, it is one thing that I’ll treasure endlessly. I will not overlook about that.”

With Castillo incomes $7.35 million in 2022 and slated to be a free agent after the 2023 season, the Reds have been rumored to be shifting the right-hander since earlier than Spring Training.

“Obviously it is nice to know the place I’m going now, however I did not wish to depart,” Castillo stated. “I created a household right here. They have been the staff that gave me the chance to play first. We’ll see what occurs out in Seattle and see what the staff’s like.”

Marte, 20, was Seattle’s high prospect and is ranked because the No. 18 prospects general by MLB Pipeline. He batted .270 with an .820 OPS, 15 residence runs and 55 RBIs in 84 video games with High-A Everett. Arroyo, 18, was the Mariners’ third-ranked prospect and is the No. 93 prospects general. He was Seattle’s second-round choose within the 2021 Draft and batted .316 with an .899 OPS, 13 homers and 67 RBIs at Single-A Modesto.

Before the commerce, Cincinnati was already teeming with shortstop depth that features prospects Elly De La Cruz (Reds’ No. 3 prospect), Matt McLain (No. 4) and José Barrero.

“We’ve bought guys who’re premium athletes, doubtlessly center of the order bats,” Krall stated of the brand new shortstops. “They can hit anyplace within the order. They are guys that we actually, actually like and we’ll should determine that out as we transfer by means of the degrees.”

Stoudt, 24, was ranked as Seattle’s No. 5 prospect and was a third-round choose within the 2019 Draft. He was 6-6 with a 5.28 ERA in 18 begins for Double-A Arkansas.

“We noticed him within the spring,” Krall stated. “He’s a man we appreciated doubtlessly as a part of the [Jesse] Winker package deal (*4*). It was nice to have the ability to get him. He’s bought an opportunity to be a Major League starter.”

Moore, who turns 23 subsequent month, was a 14th-round choice within the 2021 Draft. He had a 1.95 ERA in 25 reduction appearances for Modesto.

“Explosive, explosive stuff,” Krall stated. “Fastball is as much as 102 [mph] with a plus slider. It’s attempting to get him to harness it and be the perfect pitcher he will be.”

The Reds, who’ve slashed payroll, have been offloading veterans for the reason that offseason and continued to deal a number of veteran gamers throughout Spring Training. They additionally traded outfielder Tyler Naquin to the Mets for a pair of minor leaguers on Thursday, and extra strikes are anticipated earlier than Tuesday’s deadline.

Even although the shifting of Castillo was anticipated, it was nonetheless tough to say goodbye because the staff discovered he was going to Seattle after Friday’s recreation.

“I do not know in case you can ever actually be prepared for it. We’re going to overlook him,” supervisor David Bell stated. “Everybody within the clubhouse and the group, he has contributed a lot. I hope he is aware of that. I attempted to inform him. I attempted to thank him for all of his contributions on the sphere, within the clubhouse and in the neighborhood. He, simply by being precisely who he’s, there isn’t any query he impressed me to be a greater particular person. I feel he impressed lots of people round Cincinnati. Definitely in that room. He could not have performed something extra.”

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