Seattle Mariners check in with Cincinnati Reds about Luis Castillo, per report
The Seattle Mariners are among teams that have checked in with the Cincinnati Reds about right-handed starting pitcher Luis Castillo, according to a report Wednesday morning via Twitter from MLB Network's Jon Morosi.
Morosi reported Monday that the Reds are willing to engage in trade talks involving Castillo, who already is drawing interest from multiple MLB teams.
From Morosi via Twitter on Wednesday:
Trade market update: The #Mariners are among the teams to check in with the #Reds on right-hander Luis Castillo. Seattle has one of the industry’s top farm systems, and Jerry Dipoto isn’t shy about making major trades. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 10, 2021
Morosi's tweet from earlier in the week:
Trade market news: #Reds RHP Luis Castillo, who had a 2.73 ERA from June 1 onward, already is drawing interest from teams across @MLB. The Reds are willing to engage in talks on the 28-year-old, who will be eligible for free agency after ‘23. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 8, 2021
Castillo, who has pitched all five of his Major League Baseball seasons for the Reds, turns 29 in December. He could become a free agent after the 2023 season. His 2021 salary was $4.2 million. He's projected to make about $7.5M in his second year of arbitration, per spotrac.com.
In 2021, Castillo led the league in losses with 16, walks with 75 and games started with 33. He posted a 3.98 ERA for the season, but he had three outstanding months: June (1.71 ERA with one home run allowed in 31 2/3 innings), July (2.15 ERA with three home runs allowed in 37 2/3 innings), and September, which included one October start (2.35 ERA with two home runs allowed in 30 2/3 innings).
Castillo also was better at home this past season than on the road, posting a 3.18 ERA with just six homers allowed in 99 innings pitched at Great American Ball Park.
Castillo, an All-Star in 2019, has made at least 30 starts per season for the Reds in three of the past four seasons - with the exception being the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. In 123 career appearances - all starts - he's posted a 40-49 record, 3.72 ERA and 1.220 WHIP, with 85 homers allowed in 707 1/3 innings.
The Reds acquired Castillo, Zeek White and Austin Brice from the Miami Marlins for pitcher Dan Straily in Jan. 2017.
Last week, the Reds declined starting pitcher Wade Miley's club option, and the Chicago Cubs claimed him on waivers.
The Enquirer's Paul Daugherty wrote Monday in TML that the dumping of Miley made Bob Castellini’s wishes clear, and Castillo might be next out the door.
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