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The Seattle Mariners, seeking to finish a postseason drought that stretches to 2001, acquired the very best arm on the commerce market Friday night time in a deal for right-hander Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds.
“He is among the finest pitchers within the sport — he is actually established himself as a dominant starter,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais mentioned. “We have an opportunity to do one thing actually huge right here this yr. You need to step out and take an opportunity occasionally should you in the end wish to get the reward, take somewhat threat. Dominant beginning pitcher, and I am anxious to fulfill him.”
Minor leaguers Noelvi Marte, Levi Stoudt, Edwin Arroyo and Andrew Moore are headed to Cincinnati, the groups introduced. Marte, a shortstop, is the best rated of the group, with ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel rating him the Twelfth-best prospect in baseball forward of the season.
“We felt this was the very best return we might get for Luis,” Reds normal supervisor Nick Krall mentioned.
The Mariners, led by star rookie Julio Rodriguez, are 54-47, 12 video games behind the first-place Houston Astros within the AL West. They’re within the second of three AL wild-card spots, a half-game in entrance of Tampa Bay (53-47) and two video games forward of Cleveland (51-48). Seattle received its remaining 14 video games earlier than the All-Star break, one wanting the longest profitable streak in staff historical past and the very best run by any membership heading into the break since 1933. However the Mariners are 3-5 since, following an 11-1 loss at Houston on Friday night time.
It is a huge pickup for a Mariners group that has not reached the postseason since 2001, the longest lively drought among the many 4 main North American professional sports activities leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL).
A 29-year-old right-hander, Castillo is 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 14 begins for the Reds this season, hanging out 90 and strolling 28 in 85 innings. His fastball averages 97 mph. He has a profession 3.62 ERA in six seasons, all with Cincinnati.
“It has been a fantastic expertise,” Castillo mentioned via an interpreter. “To have my title within the followers’ mouth and having them cheer me on, it’s one thing I’ll treasure without end.”
Castillo will not be eligible at no cost company till after the 2023 season, so the Mariners would have him for at the least the remainder of this yr and all of subsequent.
Castillo has bounced again from a career-worst season in 2021, when he misplaced 16 video games and walked a league-high 75 batters. His changeup has been his finest pitch for many of his profession, however this yr, he’s truly throwing his four-seam fastball extra, and doing so with quite a lot of success. Opponents have whiffed on 39% of their swings towards his four-seamer, the best fee of Castillo’s profession and the best of any pitcher within the majors (minimal 300 four-seamers thrown).
The Reds have been shifting veteran gamers for prospects for the reason that finish of the lockout earlier this yr. In March, they traded Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker to the Mariners, and Thursday, they traded outfielder Tyler Naquin and reliever Phillip Diehl to the New York Mets.
They’re getting a haul from Seattle on this commerce, with Marte and Arroyo ranked among the many staff’s high 10 prospects forward of the season by ESPN’s McDaniel.
Marte, 20, has spent the yr for Excessive-A Everett, hitting .275 with 15 dwelling runs and a team-best 62 runs scored and 55 RBIs to go together with 13 steals coming into Friday.
McDaniel ranked Arroyo, additionally a shortstop, as Seattle’s eighth-best prospect coming into the season. The 18-year-old has spent the season at Single-A Modesto, hitting .316 with 76 runs, 67 RBIs, 13 dwelling runs and 21 steals.
Stoudt, a 24-year-old right-hander and a third-round draft decide in 2019, is 6-6 with a 5.28 ERA in 18 begins for Double-A Arkansas this season.
And Moore, 22, has a 1.95 ERA in 25 reduction appearances at Modesto this season.
“Noelvi Marte has an opportunity to be an impression center of the order bat who can play shortstop,” Krall mentioned. “Edwin Arroyo similar factor — he has energy/velocity combo, who can play shortstop. Levi Stoudt has an opportunity to be a significant league starter. Andrew Moore simply began to pitch. He was drafted final yr. He has explosive, explosive stuff. His fastball is as much as 102 with a plus slider.”
Cincinnati infielder Brandon Drury additionally could possibly be moved earlier than the Tuesday deadline, together with a number of Reds relievers.
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers and The Related Press contributed to this report.