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Mariners trade for Reds pitcher Luis Castillo ahead of deadline

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The Seattle Mariners are looking for another starting pitcher to finish the season.

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The Mariners are finalizing a trade deal for Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo, which the teams announced Friday night.

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In exchange for Castillo, the Reds get four prospects, including pitchers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore, and shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo. According to MLB.com, this group includes three of the top five leads in the Mariners organization.

“We view Luis Castillo as an influential player, the best player in the rotation, who is currently at the top of his game,” Mariners President Jerry Dipoto said. said in a statement. “Our goal remains to play in the postseason, now and in the coming years. We think the addition of Louis is a big step in that direction.”

Castillo is 4-4 this season with a career-best 2.86 ERA in 14 starts. The 29-year-old was named to his second All-Star Game earlier this season, and he just led Cincinnati to a victory over the Marlins on Wednesday, where he knocked out eight batters in seven innings.

Castillo signed a one-year, $7.3 million contract with the Reds, where he has spent his entire career since his MLB debut in 2017.

Castillo’s move comes just days before the trade deadline and should help the Mariners significantly in the second half of the season. Seattle entered Friday night with the fourth-best record in the American League and won 19 of their last 24 games. Now that Castillo has joined the rotation with Robbie Ray, Logan Gilbert, George Kirby and Marco Gonzalez, the Mariners appear to be in a prime position to enter their first postseason since the 2001 season.

Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds
The Mariners traded Reds pitcher Luis Castillo on Friday night. (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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