Luis Castillo trade grades: Mariners, Reds both receive ‘A’ for deadline’s first blockbuster

Originally posted on CBS Sports |  By R.J. Anderson  |  Last updated 7/30/22

The Seattle Mariners obtained right-hander Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night in the first major move ahead of Major League Baseball’s Aug. 2 trade deadline. In exchange, the Mariners sent four prospects to Cincinnati: shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo and right-handers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore.

The Mariners, currently the American League’s second wild card team, are attempting to make the postseason for the first time since 2001. Castillo should reinforce a rotation — both this season and next — that already includes reigning Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray and quality youngsters Logan Gilbert and George Kirby. His addition comes at a steep prospect cost for the Mariners, but that goes to show how serious top exec Jerry Dipoto is about snapping the sport’s longest playoff drought.

On the Cincinnati side of things, Castillo’s departure is the latest (albeit not the last) part of an ongoing rebuild that dates back to last winter. The Reds are in full talent accumulation mode at this point, and it’s fair to write that they netted a handsome return for their ace and his season and a half of remaining team control.

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