Dodgers fans were buzzing yesterday after a report by MLB.com’s Jon Morosi stated that LA had had “preliminary” trade discussions with the Reds about starter Luis Castillo. The LA starting unit has been great, but another frontline starter could help put the Dodgers over the top to win their second title in three years.
According to former Reds GM Jim Bowden, who now serves as an insider and analyst for The Athletic, CBS, and Sirius XM MLB Network Radio, the Reds are “not close” to making a Castillo trade as of Tuesday.
“Most contending teams have checked in on #Reds RHP Luis Castillo – including but not limited to: NYY, Bos, Sea, NYM, St.L & LAD. Watch SEA as a sleeper team here bc they have the starting pitching prospect to make a deal work. However, #Reds are NOT close to any trade right now.”
As Bowden outlines, the Dodgers are far, far from the only team exploring a trade for Luis Castillo. The market for the one-time All-Star appears to be robust, meaning, he won’t come on the cheap. Castillo wouldn’t be a rental either, he’s under team control for next season as well.
Oakland Athletic’s starter Frankie Montas shoulder injury, which he’s currently working his way back from, is also likely also creating increased demand for contenders pursuing Castillo. Montas has been available for months, but teams could hesitate to pull the trigger on a trade due to his recent injury.
To be fair, Castillo also dealt with a shoulder injury that caused him to miss most of the season.
Dodgers team president Andrew Friedman has said publicly that he’s weary of trading away top prospects at this year’s deadline, but it’s a fool’s errand to sleep on Friedman.
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