Any and every team in Major League Baseball that cares about winning should be interested in having Luis Castillo on their team. While he’s not a free agent until after next season, he’s arguably the hottest name on the current trade market. Teams (probably rightfully) believe that the Cincinnati Reds will be looking to trade him as he will be a free agent before they are interested in trying to compete again.
Through his first 13 starts this season Castillo has a 2.77 ERA and he also looked great in the All-Star game on Tuesday night. Not that teams will pay any extra for that, but it certainly made Redleg Nation feel good to see. There are a bunch of teams that, at least according to the publicized rumors, are interested in acquiring him. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, and Minnesota Twins have all reportedly shown at least some level of interest.
Over at The Athletic, C. Trent Rosecrans asked the beat writers for several contending teams what the team that they cover would offer for Castillo, and then Keith Law weighs in on whether or not that deal makes sense. Some of the offers were better than others, and some of them felt insulting.
The Reds 2022 Draft
On Tuesday evening the 2022 Major League Baseball draft came to an end. The Cincinnati Reds made 22 selections of the three days. Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com we’ve got scouting reports, videos, and stats on the picks if you’re interested in reading up on a bunch of guys who are likely to join the organization in the next week-and-a-half.
The signing deadline for the draft this year in August 1st, so there won’t be much of a wait to see who is signing and who isn’t. The exceptions here are that college seniors and players that attended junior college can sign with the team up to the point next summer in which the draft is held (as long as the junior college players do not enroll and play at a non-junior college school).
Elly De La Cruz promoted to Double-A
The Cincinnati Reds promoted their top prospect to Double-A over the All-Star break. Elly De La Cruz will be moving up to Double-A Chattanooga to join the Lookouts. The shortstop spent the first 73 games of his season with High-A Dayton and tore the cover off of the ball. He exits the league having hit .303/.360/.609 with 14 doubles, 6 triples, 20 home runs, and 28 steals. The switch hitter will join a team that has 2021 1st round pick Matt McLain, who is also a shortstop. McLain is currently on the injured list, but is expected back in the lineup shortly. How the Reds play them both will be interesting to watch the rest of the season in the minors.