It feels like it was just yesterday that the Cincinnati Reds were reportedly taking phone calls from other teams who were interested in acquiring Luis Castillo. And why wouldn’t teams be interested? But it’s also now being reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that it’s unlikely that the Reds are going to trade Castillo.
The value for Luis Castillo is sky high and nothing made that more apparent than the early part of this offseason. Eduardo Rodríguez just signed for $77,000,000. Toronto Blue Jays starter Jose Berrios was just extended for seven years and $131,000,000. Starting pitchers are doing just fine in this economy, and Castillo’s a heck of a starting pitcher.
It would appear that Cincinnati knows just how valuable Luis Castillo is, and if teams aren’t willing to make the right kind of offer to acquire Castillo, then the Reds are willing to just let him go out and pitch on the mound at Great American Ball Park next season.
Of course there’s a lot of things that could change all of that. First, the Reds could simply be doing that old “start high and negotiate down” thing. While that feels unlikely, it’s possible. The other thing is that a team may be eying a player, be it in free agency or in another trade, and they come up short. All of a sudden they still need a top end pitcher and now they are more willing to engage in serious discussions.
Last week the rumors were that the Reds were listening to offers on, or engaging in talks for Castillo and Sonny Gray, while also trying to find takers for Eugenio Suárez and Mike Moustakas. It’s interesting to read that Castillo likely won’t be traded, but that there was no mention by Rosenthal on the other three players that the Reds were considering to be available/trying to move.
There are just over two weeks remaining before the current collective bargaining agreement is up. If it expires the owners will lockout the players and the hot stove will turn to ice immediately. Signings, trades, the Rule 5 draft – none of those things take place during a lockout unless it’s a trade of non-40-man roster minor leaguers being traded for each other, and that very rarely happens.