4. The Phillies could trade for Reds starter Luis Castillo.
Of all the team in the National League, I think the Philadelphia Phillies are the most likely to swing a trade for Cincinnati Reds starter Luis Castillo.
Zack Wheeler was phenomenal in 2021 and may take home the NL Cy Young Award in the next few days. However, he was about all there was to speak of when it comes to the Phillies rotation.
Yes, Ranger Suárez gained some starts near the end of the season and could be part of next year's rotation, but the remainder of Philadelphia's starters left a lot to the imagination.
Only Wheeler and Aaron Nola started more than 20 games for the Phillies in 2021. While Nola racked up the strikeouts, his ERA ballooned to 4.63.
After seeing the Atlanta Braves take home the World Series title last season, and the Washington Nationals win in all in 2019, the fans in Philly are getting restless.
Not only have Atlanta and Washington found success in recent years, but the New York Mets are looking to bring a championship to Flushing, no matter the cost.
If the Phillies have any hope of competing in 2022, they'll have to shore up their starting rotation.
While the Philadelphia bullpen had its own share of disasters in 2021, the Phillies can't run out Vince Velasquez, Matt Moore and Kyle Gibson again in 2022 and expect to win the NL East.
Look for the Philadelphia Phillies to be one of the few NL teams that Nick Krall and the Cincinnati Reds front office involve in trade conversations regarding Luis Castillo.