Yankees Mock Trade: Landing star pitcher Luis Castillo from the Reds

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Sep 21, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo (58) throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

One way or another, Yankees GM Brian Cashman must find another starting pitcher to assist in the rotations development. Depending on Domingo German and Luis Severino to return to their former versions is optimistic but not impossible. Severino is coming off two Tommy John surgeries and a small sample size of action in 2021. German dealt with injury and a suspension the year prior, hurting his stock and momentum.

The current rotation looks like this:

1.) Gerrit Cole

2..) Jameson Taillon

3.) Jordan Montgomery

4.) Luis Severino

5.) Domingo German

The back-end up the rotation is incredibly unreliable, meaning Cashman will either have to spend big money on a free agent acquisition like Carlos Rodon or look to the trade market to fill the void.

In this scenario, we take a gander at Luis Castillo and what a prospective trade could look like.

 

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Luis Medina, Jordan Montgomery, Oswald Peraza, and Trey Sweeney are included in the deal on the Yankees’ side. The Reds offer up Castillo as their lone departure, but his value is clear.

Castillo finished the 2021 season with a 3.98 ERA, 9.21 strikeouts per nine, and a 71.5% left on base rate over 187.2 innings. His 16 losses are appropriated to the offensive and support side rather than Castillo’s performance. The Reds’ ace also posted a 4.03 SIERA and 3.63 xFIP. His number took a dip compared to previous seasons, which could help the Yankees in a potential deal.

The Yankees would have two more years of control over Luis, earning $7.5 million this upcoming season and the third year of arbitration before entering free agency in 2024. Giving up all of these assets proves to validate through the simulator, but given only two years of control, you could make an argument the players involved could provide far more value if retained.

For example, Oswald Peraza is close to making the jump to the majors, and the Yanks have a massive void at shortstop. Alternatively, they may look to utilize Peraza in a different trade — maybe with the Athletics, who are looking to be sellers.

Nonetheless, adding Castillo to the rotation would give the Bombers one of the best groups in baseball and put them in a place of strength rather than weakness.

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