Luis Castillo Trade Score: Both Mariners and Reds get an ‘A’ for their first success in the deadline

The Seattle Mariners got right coach Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds Friday night in their first big move before Major League Baseball kicks off August 3. 2 trade deadlines. In return, the sailors sent four prospects to Cincinnati: short stops Noelfi Marty and Edwin Arroyo and right-hand man Levi Stodt and Andrew Moore.

The Mariners, currently the second wild card team in the Major League, are trying to make the postseason for the first time since 2001. Castillo should cement a rotation – this season and next – that already includes Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray and youth quality Logan Gilbert and George Kirby . His addition comes at a potentially steep cost to the Mariners, but it shows how seriously senior CEO Jerry DePoto is about to overcome the sport’s longest drought.

On the Cincinnati side of things, Castillo’s departure is the latest (though not the last) part of an ongoing rebuilding process going back to last winter. The Reds are in full talent accumulation mode at this point, and it’s fair to write that they’ve made an impressive return for an ace and a season and a half of remaining team control.

Here at CBS Sports we’re nothing if not judgmental, and that means providing near-instant analysis on the big trades this time of year. Below, you’ll find “Scores” for both the Mariners and Reds, along with explanations of those ratings.

That way away, let’s start by summarizing the deal:

sailors receive

Reds receive

  • SS Noelfi MartĂ­

  • SS Edwin Arroyo

  • RHP Levi Studt

  • RHP Andrew Moore

seafarer grade:

This is the kind of trade you make when you haven’t made qualifying for over two decades. Seriously, though, this is a welcome sight in some ways, from how it rewarded an ardent (and tortured) fan base in Seattle and extending to how the league’s counterculture runs as a whole.

Teams are so happy these days to take the postseason dock for granted. Executives will make a marginal promotion or two on the sidelines. If the chips fall like they should and that’s enough to get into the playoffs, that’s great; Otherwise, why risk losing some sweet and sour surplus value to anything less than a division title?

The Sailors will not win AL West. On Saturday they will go in behind the Houston Astros as the San Diego Padres are the Los Angeles Dodgers. Castillo’s addition bolsters the post-season prospects, and most importantly makes them a much more dangerous opponent in October.

Keep in mind that the new match format eliminates the unique Wild Card game; The top two seeded in each league will bid farewell while the others play the best of three groups on the best team’s court. The Mariners now have a better chance of hosting that series and could run into a three-game tournament that includes Castillo, a Cy Young Award winner, and Logan Gilbert, one of the most promising young starters in the sport. This is a tough set of matches for the Toronto Blue Jays or any other team looking to sail ahead.

Assuming the outgoing package, while good, wasn’t enough to net Juan Soto or Shuhei Ohtani, Castillo was the most influential player the Mariners could have recovered. Brilliant, 29-year-old Castillo might get a Game 1 assignment. After missing the start of the season due to shoulder issues, he recovered to post a 2.86 ERA (160 ERA+) and 3.21 walking strike percentage in 14 starts. Since the beginning of the epidemic era, he has ranked seventh in the Wins Above Replacement among beginners. He’s under team control until the end of next season as well, and despite the aforementioned shoulder issue, he’s had a full slate of starts each year dating back to 2018. The Sailors should feel optimistic that Castillo can provide them with plenty of quality starts between now and the winter of 2023. .

Castillo’s signature pitch is his change. He’s one, if not the best of his kind, and he’s often used it as his primary performances throughout his career. However, Campio Castillo has not been the stadium that has been attracting attention so far this season. That honor instead goes to the four-stud fastball, which averaged 97 mph and generated an average of 125 hits and 38.7 percent, the highest among bowlers with at least 300 bowlers thrown to date. . Castillo also dumped the fastball and throw the passer, but for our money it’s the four-tail tailor and change that makes him so good.

Most people had agreed to go in on a Friday morning that it would be great to see the sailors making a splash and that the Castillo was the best pitcher on the market. Now that the cost is known, there is likely to be some disagreement now as to whether this trade is worth whatever comes next. It’s been a lot to give up no doubt, and this trade will limit Seattle’s ability to make more moves, this summer and going forward. Castillo’s addition may be the difference between the Mariners winning a playoff game (or more) and not.

We give the Mariners a grade of A because we believe teams—especially those who aren’t the usual suspects—prioritize the possibility of healthier deep playoffs for the sport, and because we absolutely love Castillo as a pitcher. We’d understand that anyone would give them a worse mark because of the massive amount of talent they gave up for a relatively short-term fix.

Reds score: A

It became fashionable for distressed teams to hit the reset button by trading every player approaching a free agency or banking over seven figures. There is no easier way for a general manager to gain additional job security than invoking a five-year rebuilding plan. In this way, the owner saves a lot of money and the CEO does not have to deliver results. Just trust the process, man. Suspicion bordering on ridicule is justified when the team embarks on this path.

The worst and hungriest of situations – the ones where the obvious goal is to save some money at the expense of the team – are a lot like what the Reds did in the off-season. They rushed to dump catcher Tucker Barnhart out of impossibility and surrendered left hand Miley on concessions to the Chicago Cubs. Both moves were inexplicable, even at the time, and indicated that the Reds would take the long, hard and cheap road back to relevance. (It didn’t help that the owner’s son, a replacement-level suit, tackled fans early in the season.) This trade, on the other hand, is being properly rebuilt.

The Reds extracted two best odds from a good farm system in Seattle versus a year and a half from Castillo in a market-place deal that looks ripped from the past. Teams these days generally don’t get that much of potential capital back for shooters that are too close to free agency. Factor in Cincinnati’s selection of Cam Collier in the draft, easily the best value in the first round, and the Reds have added three potential high-ranking players to their farm system in a matter of weeks.

It’s certainly never easy to trade a Castillo-caliber jug, especially when it’s emerging as one of the company’s largest exploration and development operations of late. (The Reds acquired Castillo from the Miami Marlins in 2017 for Dan Straley; Castillo made 137 starts for the Reds after that, compared to the Strieley’s 56 with the Fish.) Levels.

Although Castillo has been pretty durable throughout his career, he missed the start of the season due to shoulder issues. His looming free agency meant the Reds needed to make a call, either extending it or trading it; The first was a questionable decision given the Reds’ position on a winning curve and the risks associated with giving a seasoned novice – even a very good one – a long-term contract worth their market value.

20-year-old Marty entered the spring that CBS Sports ranked 11th best player in the sport. He spent the year at High-A, where he faced competition close to an average of three years older than him. That didn’t stop him hitting .275/.363/.462 or tallying 34 extra base strokes (including 15 home runs) and 13 base hits in 85 games.

Marte combines great raw power with a sense of connection and territory. He’s never made more than 22 percent of his board appearances over the course of an entire season, yet he’s reliably worked on at least nine percent of his trips to the board. If there is room to worry about his offensive game, it is his tendency to tire out the left field. Withdrawal rate of 55 percent would rank third in the majors, behind only Dalton Farshaw and Byron Buxton. The Reds may work with Marty to use the entire field so he is a tougher defence, or they may conclude that there is no defense for him to clear the wall; Either way, he has enough working tools to his advantage – and performance wise to think he’ll develop into an above-average hitter.

Marty’s biggest flaw is his defense. He made 30 fouls in 99 games last season, and he’s already hit 24 fouls in 81 games this year. The Reds will likely task their coaches with working with him on his inner clock and smoothing out his rough edges, as there is no physical reason why he can’t improve in the six. If that fails, he will likely have to slip to third base. The marti racket gives him a wide berth, and it is possible to evolve into a star-caliber player no matter where he is.

Arroyo, 18, had his fans in the 2021 draft due to a combination of youth (he won’t turn 19 until late August) and defensive polish. He is undoubtedly a short player who has the hands, feet and arm to be an asset in the position for the long term. The question mark in his game was his racket, but he’s fond of switching and has kept on his own despite being much younger than his opponent in his first full professional season. In fact, Arroyo led a team that included such a well-respected team as Harry Ford and Jonathan Klass in hitting .316/.385/.514 hits. This is stupidity.

Arroyo’s glove gives him a high ground. If he continues to advance as a hitter, the Reds will have landed two starting calibers on the left side in one trade.

Stoudt, 24, is a petite right holder positioned to be the first member of the pack to reach the majors. He has already appeared in 21 Double-A matches, albeit with less than ideal results. This season, he has amassed a 5.28 ERA in 87 runs, with a large portion of that damage due to one of his club’s highest home run rates. Stoudt has better things than those signs suggest, including a mid-90s fastball, but there’s a better-than-fair chance that he’ll end up comforting as a top player.

Moore, 22, should not be confused with the former Mariners pitcher of the same name. While the other Moore was a command-and-control start-up, this Moore is the pure gas-pumping savior with a fastball from the mid-to-high ’90s. He hit 58 of the 133 hitters (44 percent) he’s faced with the Mariners this season. He can occupy a highly influential role if he can continue to strike at an acceptable level.

The Reds, who also dealt defensive midfielder Tyler Naquin earlier this week to the New York Mets, should remain active on the trade front between now and Tuesday’s deadline. Industry sources have told CBS Sports they expect the Reds to make a move to right-hander Tyler Mahle and utility player Brandon Drury before the bell rings.

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