The Dodgers are heavily invested in upgrading their starting rotation for the 2022 season. With only two spots seemingly locked in for next year, they’ve already started to look for help. The Dodgers signed LHP Andrew Heaney to a one-year contract and have also shown reported interest in free agent Steven Matz.
Both have shown flashes of what they could be when on their A-game, yet neither one has a strong track record of extended success. Certainly, there are other options out there and two might have surfaced on the trade market. Word around the grapevine is that the Cincinnati Reds are looking to cut payroll for next season which means a fire sale may be on the horizon.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale revealed that the Dodgers have checked in on Reds’ right-handed pitchers Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray. Both pitchers have two years of control left with Castillo being the cheaper and younger option of the two.
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) November 14, 2021
Castillo was forming into an ace for the Reds the past couple of years before having a rocky start to this past season. He rounded into form by the second half and ultimately ended the year with a 3.98 ERA and 192 strikeouts across 33 starts. Gray posted a decent 4.19 ERA with 155 strikeouts across 26 starts for the Reds. The biggest issue in his career has been control as he issues a ton of walks.
Dodgers Rumors: Luis Castillo Available for Trade, Should LA Pursue Castillo? Who Would LA Give Up?
It’s not known how deep into talks the two sides have gotten into or whether it was just a simple checkup for a Dodgers team in need of quality arms. Castillo has been on LA’s radar for some time and both the organization and the Reds have been trade partners in the past so it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see a deal go down once again. However, the Dodgers farm might take a hit this time around. Either one would help give Los Angeles quality innings from the middle of the rotation.