2. The Yankees could trade for Reds starter Luis Castillo.
Let's just get this one out of the way because you know that fans of the New York Yankees won't let it go. Yes, the Bronx Bombers could definitely be in the mix for Reds starter Luis Castillo.
I, for one, don't see it. But the New York media and fanbase will be drooling with rumors of Castillo possibility being on the trade block.
Last winter it was rumored that the Yanks and Redlegs had discussed a potential deal that would've included Luis Castillo. However, it never really materialized.
Why? Apparently, the Reds front office was set on acquiring shortstop Gleyber Torres, whom the Yankees were unwilling to part with.
After seeing Torres put up a .697 OPS in 2021, I'm sure Nick Krall and the Cincinnati brass are glad those trade talks never gained much traction.
If the Reds and Yankees are to work out a deal for Castillo, New York is going to have to part with some of their top prospects.
The Yankees are not ripe with talent in their farm system, but they do have two prospects (Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez) who rank among the Top 20 in Major League Baseball according to MLB Pipeline.
The New York Yankees are sure to join the ranks of those teams interested in landing Luis Castillo in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds, but I think it's a bit unlikely.