By Adam Thompson | | 3 mins
Luis Castillo Trade Odds: Yankees, Dodgers & Mariners Among Favorites
Luis Castillo lost nearly half of the league-high 33 games he started as pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in 2021. But he’s bounced back quite nicely this season. Now Castillo is a prime starter on the block as the MLB Trade Deadline nears.
Castillo, 29, has played with the Reds all six seasons but with little chance to contend and one extra year of team control, Cincy is reportedly looking to “sell high” on its top pitcher.
Luis Castillo Next Team Odds
Last year Castillo went 8-16 with a modest 3.98 ERA despite leading the league in both defeats and walks. This year, a different story. Castillo is only 4-4 but with a 2.86 ERA and he was named to his second All-Star Game.
He’s throwing his best ball right now, upping the value to potential suitors who could use one more arm for a postseason push. Over the last five starts, Castillo is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA and would be part of nearly every team’s three-man postseason rotation.
The Yankees have made it clear they want Castillo to shore up a rotation that ranks 17th in ERA in July. Many believe adding Castillo pushes the Yankees past the Dodgers as 2022 World Series favorites in the futures market.
The Dodgers are stacked as usual, but the elbow injury to star Walker Buehler and a banged-up bullpen could force L.A.’s hand into adding another arm.
The Blue Jays’ bullpen boasts a 2.77 ERA in July but the starters are at 4.54. Castillo would slide right into the No. 3 spot and be an upgrade over Jose Berrios or Yusei Kikuchi in the rotation.
The Twins could also use help in the starter category (and bullpen) as they fight off the Guardians and the White Sox in a crowded AL Central race. Same goes for the Mariners, who need rotation help and have reportedly targeted Castillo as their top choice.
The Field has a few legitimate options: Several contenders are in dire need of starters. The Red Sox starters' ERA in July of 7.41 is by far the worst in the majors. The Cardinals and Padres are also bottom 10 and are buyers as the deadline nears.