MLB trade notes – Seattle Mariners land best available pitcher for Luis Castillo

The exchange: The Mariners acquire RHP Luis Castillo from the Reds for SS Noelvi Marte, SS Edwin Arroyo, RHP Levi Stoudt and RHP Andrew Moore.

With the Mariners in wildcard position and looking to end an epic playoff drought that dates back to the Stone Age (at least in the sports years) of 2001, you knew GM Jerry Dipoto was going to make a gesture – and maybe a big one. He did not disappoint. The Mariners were thought to be a prime contender to acquire Juan Soto, but Dipoto instead took Castillo, considered the best starting pitcher available (barring a shocking Shohei Ohtani trade), and teams outbids like the Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals who were also in pursuit of Castillo.

Let’s go to the notes.

The Mariners are 17-5 in the last 22 games to move into playoff position, but those five losses have come to the Astros since the All-Star break, with the Mariners scoring just 11 points in those losses. . That’s why they were on Soto; they need to improve an offense that’s 11th in the American League in points per game. But they faced another problem: rookie George Kirby is approaching the innings limit, with 94 innings on the season after throwing just 67.2 in 2021 in his first full season as a professional. Without a viable No. 5 starter, they needed another starter to eventually replace Kirby in the rotation.

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