Luis Castillo had another solid outing for the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. The right-hander went seven innings and allowed just one earned run; a solo home run from Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna.
Castillo’s name was thrown into trade talks ahead of the start of the 2022 season. Cincinnati dealt with top-notch talent like Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suárez and Sonny Gray ahead of the season, leading most pundits and fans to believe that Castillo would be the next to go.
La Piedra doesn’t become a free agent until after next season, and his salary of $7.35 million for the 2022 season is extremely affordable. While it’s not a given that Castillo will be on the move until August 2, it looks increasingly likely.
Another pitcher who will be highly sought after this month will be Oakland Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas. Like Luis Castillo, Montas is under the control of the team throughout the 2023 season and has frontline talent.
However, Montas left Sunday’s game against the Seattle Mariners after just one inning with what is called shoulder tightness according to MLB.com. While Oakland manager Mark Kotsay isn’t worried about it, the A’s skipper said Montas will have an MRI when the team returns home.
If Frankie Montas hits the 15-day IL, suddenly Luis Castillo becomes baseball’s most coveted pitcher. The drop in talent among “available” starting pitchers is huge. Any team in contention looking to improve their rotation have looked at either Montas or Castillo.
If the A’s starter lands on the injured list, Nick Krall’s phone will start ringing nonstop. If the Cincinnati Reds have every intention of trading Luis Castillo, his price will skyrocket after the latest news about Frankie Montas. The Reds can’t afford to screw it up.