The Reds have reportedly asked the Yankees for shortstop Gleyber Torres and prospects if New York needs to accumulate beginning pitcher Luis Castillo in a commerce.
That realistically would by no means occur, at the very least not this offseason, and Cincinnati possible realizes as a lot. The membership has chosen to mission power not solely to Brian Cashman but additionally to different common managers across the league who could be eyeing Castillo. Cincinnati up to now is tired of contemplating affordable provides.
Castillo staying by way of the 2021 season would protect the Reds’ playoff ambitions. At 28, he is within the prime of his profession and nonetheless below staff management for 3 extra years.
The suitable-hander could be underrated nationally due to the excellence of teammates Sonny Grey and Trevor Bauer. He posted a 3.21 ERA in 2020 and struck out greater than 11 batters per 9 innings. His peripheral numbers counsel a yearlong ERA under 3.00 is feasible if unlikely within the close to future; his 2020 FIP was 2.65, and his anticipated ERA based mostly on varieties of contact in opposition to him was 3.04. In different phrases, he pitched higher than his already stellar primary stats suggest.
With Bauer leaving Cincinnati in free company, the Reds have little incentive to provide Castillo away.
Reds requested the Yankees for SS Gleyber Torres plus in Castillo talks as simply mentioned on @MLBNetwork. That is sensible as each are younger stars, and Cincinnati wants a SS. Yankees mentioned no. Additionally not a shock, Now Castillo very possible stays in Cincy.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 18, 2021
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Castillo would clearly be a distinction maker for the Yankees who may alter the course of a playoff collection. He would give New York an ace behind Gerrit Cole with out commanding ace cash.
Torres, nevertheless, is a 24-year-old shortstop with two All-Star appearances in three years. As uncommon as a top-end beginning pitcher could be, such a proficient participant at a premium infield place is even tougher to achieve. He is just about untouchable in commerce discussions.
The Reds (31-29 final 12 months) may all the time change their tune and deal Castillo on the deadline this 12 months or past, however for now, they’re joyful the place they’re. Prospects removed from MLB do nothing to help their pursuit of a postseason bid and are due to this fact much less fascinating centerpieces.
As a lot as it’d irk Yankees followers, that is most likely the right mindset.