Report: Red Sox Between Teams Checking Into Luis Castillo Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo is one of the top players to be transferred before the August 2 MLB trade deadline.
The Reds have the third-worst record in baseball at 34–56 and are still in the early stages of their rebuilding. Castillo is 29 and has one more year of arbitration before becoming an unrestricted free agent.
It makes sense for the Reds to sell high and get the biggest returns for him.
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Castillo didn’t start his season until May, but he has been brilliant for Cincinnati, evidenced by his 2.77 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in more than 13 starts in 78 innings. He has posted a 1.00 ERA in this last four starts and will represent the Reds on the National League All-Star roster for the second time next week.
He put on a show at Yankee Stadium earlier this week by allowing just two hits and one earned run in seven innings against the New York Yankees.
According to former general manager Jim Bowden, the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are among the teams that have “checked in” on Castillo with a few weeks to go before the trade deadline approaches.
Castillo has the potential to significantly upgrade any contender’s rotation. He is so talented.
The Red Sox rotation could definitely use a boost. Boston rose to eighth in the AL in the starters ERA on Saturday, seventh in starting batting average and ninth in innings. The Red Sox need help in the bullpen too, and if Chris Sells and Nathan Iovaldi can stay healthy in the second half of the season, getting relievers probably makes the most sense for Boston.
But the idea of Castillo pitching at Fenway Park is an exciting idea for Red Sox fans.