Cincinnati – The Reds had no shortage of suitors who wanted a rift in acquiring rotation player Luis Castillo as the 6pm EST trading deadline approached on Tuesday. General Manager Nick Krall made the move Friday night.
Castillo traded the Mariners for four Minor League prospects, including three who were ranked in the top five in the Seattle organization at the time of the deal.
“We liked the quality players, as well as with some depth in the deal. I would say we had 10-15 teams who were at some level,” Krall said after the Reds lost 6-2 to the Orioles. “We tried to get the best players we could get back. . We felt this was the best return we could get for Lewis and the best we could do. We really like all four players and believe all four players have a chance to be potential top players.”
Castillo, 29, is 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 14 starters this season and was named to the National League All-Star Team for the second time earlier this month. He joined the Reds on a January 2017 trade deal that sent veteran bowler Dan Straley to the Marlins.
“Lewis is one of the nicest players I have ever come across at this club. A great man, a great pitcher. A family man. It’s really nice to have him here as long as we do that.” But at the end of the day, we had to make ourselves better in the long run. We felt that these four players would help us do that.”
His last start on Wednesday vs. Marlins, Castillo made seven powerful runs and hit the side in the seventh before being sent off to a standing ovation from Reds fans at Great American Ball Park.
“It was a beautiful experience,” said Castillo, via translator Jorge Merlos. “The staff, the team, everyone I was able to make some kind of connection with. To have my name in fans’ mouths and have them cheer for me and say things about me is something I will cherish forever. I will never forget it.”
With Castillo earning $7.35 million in 2022 and set to become a free agent after the 2023 season, the Reds have been rumored to be making a right-hand move since before spring training.
“Obviously it’s great to know where I’m going now, but I didn’t want to leave,” Castillo said. “I started a family here. They were the team that gave me the chance to play first. We’ll see what happens in Seattle and see what the team looks like.”
Mart, at 20, was one of the best prospects in Seattle, and also ranked number one. 18 potential overalls from MLB Pipeline. He fought .270 with .820 OPS, 15 home points and 55 RBIs in 84 games with High-A Everett. Arroyo, at 18, was ranked third by sailors and is number one. 93 possibilities overall. He was Seattle’s second-round pick in the 2021 draft and hit .316 with .899 OPS, 13 homers and 67 RBIs in Single-A Modesto.
Before the trade, Cincinnati was already teeming with a short depth that included prospective prospects Eli de la Cruz (third place for the Reds), Matt McClain (No. 4) and Jose Barreiro.
“We have outstanding athletic guys, who will probably be right in the middle of the bat standings,” Krall said of the new short stops. “They can hit anywhere in the rankings. They are guys we really like and we will have to figure that out as we move through the levels.”
Stoudt, 24, is ranked number one in Seattle. 5 odds and was a third-round pick in the 2019 draft. He was 6-6 with a 5.28 ERA in 18 starts for Double-A Arkansas.
“We saw him in the spring,” Krall said. “He’s a guy we probably liked as part of [Jesse] winker pack [in March]. It was great to be able to have it. He has a chance to be a key player in the Major League.”
Moore, who turns 23 next month, was a 14th-round pick in the 2021 draft. He had a 1.95 ERA in 25 relief appearances for Modesto.
“Explosive and explosive materials,” Krall said. Fastball reaches 102 [mph] With a plus slider. She’s trying to get him to harness her and be the best pitcher he can be.”
The Reds, who have cut payrolls, have offloaded veterans since the season ended and continued to engage several veteran players during spring training. They also traded defensive midfielder Tyler Naquin for the Mets for a pair of minor leagues on Thursday, and more moves are expected before Tuesday’s deadline.
Although Castillo’s move was expected, it was still difficult to say goodbye as the team learned he was going to Seattle after Friday’s game.
“I don’t know if you can really be prepared for that. We will miss him,” said manager David Bale. “Everyone at the club and the organisation, contributed so much. I hope he knows that. I tried to tell him. I tried to thank him for all his contributions on the field, at the club and in the community. He, just by being exactly him, there is no doubt that he inspired me to be a better person. I think it inspired a lot of people around Cincinnati. Definitely in that room. He couldn’t have done anything more.”