The Mariners acquired “dominant” starter Luis Castillo from the Reds

SEATTLE (AP) — After lacking the playoffs for greater than 20 years, the Seattle Mariners made it clear Friday evening that they intend to see their postseason drought finish this yr.

The Mariners acquired the highest beginning pitcher on the commerce market, buying All-Star Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds for 4 minor league prospects.

Seattle hasn’t made the playoffs since 2001, the longest postseason drought in North America’s massive 4 skilled sports activities.

“He is the most effective pitchers within the sport, and he is undoubtedly confirmed to be a starter,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais stated. “This yr now we have an opportunity to do one thing actually massive. If you wish to win the prize ultimately, you need to exit each now and again, take an opportunity, and take a bit of danger. A dominant beginning pitcher, I can not wait to fulfill him.”

At 54-46, the Mariners are second within the AL, a half-game forward of Tampa Bay (53-46) and three video games forward of Cleveland (50-48).

Seattle has gained its final 14 video games earlier than the All-Star break, one sport shy of the longest streak in crew historical past and the perfect by any membership going into the break since 1933. However the Mariners are 3-5 after 11. 1 loss at Houston on Friday evening.

Houston could not be capable to get again into the AL West race with a 12-game lead. However touchdown Castillo would solidify Seattle’s rotation and make the Mariners harmful in the event that they make the playoffs.

Seattle common supervisor Jerry Dipoto stated the Reds mentioned Castillo final fall, earlier than the lockout, and that the Mariners’ play over the previous six weeks has prompted the groups to play once more.

“We predict he is within the prime of his profession proper now, he is on the high of his sport, and our purpose is to maintain him there and assist him enhance as a lot as attainable,” Dipoto stated.

Cincinnati acquired infielders Noelvie Marte and Edwin Arroyo and right-handers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore. Marte was the Mariners’ highest-rated participant, with Arroyo third and Stoudt fifth.

“We thought this was the perfect return we might get for Louis,” Reds common supervisor Nick Krall stated.

Castillo joins third baseman Eugenio Suarez and left fielder Jesse Winker, each of whom have been traded to the Mariners from Cincinnati in mid-March. Castillo final pitched Wednesday and is slated to make his Mariners debut subsequent week at Yankee Stadium, the place Seattle begins a three-game collection beginning Monday.

Castillo, a 29-year-old right-hander, went 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA for the last-place Reds (38-60), putting out 90 and strolling 28 in 85 innings. His fastball averages 97 mph.

He bounced again from a career-worst 8-16 file final yr with a 3.98 ERA.

“It was a very good expertise,” Castillo stated via a translator. “Getting my title on the market and being supported by my followers is one thing I’ll cherish ceaselessly.”

Acquired from Miami previous to the 2017 season, Castillo went 44-53 with a 3.62 ERA over six seasons and was a two-time All-Star. He’s making $7.35 million this season, is eligible for arbitration subsequent winter and might change into a free agent after the 2023 season.

He joins a rotation that features Logan Gilbert, Robbie Ray, Marco Gonzalez and Chris Flexen. Rookie George Kirby seems to have been displaced, however Dipoto stated the purpose is to get Kirby into the common rotation and be inventive sufficient to contribute.

Marte, 20, hit .275 this season with 19 doubles, 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 13 steals for Class A Everett.

Arroyo, 18, was a second-round draft choose final yr and hit .299 with 21 doubles, seven triples, 15 homers, 77 RBIs and 25 steals within the minors.

Stout, 24, is 13-9 with a 4.32 ERA in 33 begins over two minor league seasons.

Moore, 22, is 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA this yr for Class A Modesto.

“Noelvie Marte has the potential to be a shortstop and center infielder,” Krall stated. “Edwin Arroyo is identical _ he is sturdy/quick and might play shortstop. Levi Stoudt has an opportunity to change into a significant league starter. Andrew Moore simply began performing. He was drafted final yr. It has explosives and explosives. His fastball plus slider is as much as 102.”

An evening earlier, the rebuilding Reds dealt infielder Tyler Naquin and left fielder Phillip Diehl to the New York Mets for 2 minor leaguers.

Main League Baseball’s commerce deadline is Tuesday.

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