The Cincinnati Reds are said to be fielding offers from other teams for Luis Castillo. If the Reds trade the right-hander, receiving a Top 50 prospect in return is a virtual must.
Most teams who'll be interested in adding Castillo to their rotation will be looking to compete in 2022 and beyond. This probably takes the idea of trading for major league talent off the table.
Last season, the Toronto Blue Jays traded Austin Martin and Simeon Woods Richardson for Minnesota Twins starter Jose Berríos.
I bring up that trade because the return is a good comparison of what the Reds should receive if Castillo is dealt this winter.
Given that a team trading for Castillo would have the right-hander under team control for two seasons rather than the one year and two months the Blue Jays got from Berríos, the Reds should get more.
According to MLB Pipeline, Martin is a Top 50 prospect. Who are some Top 50 prospects the Reds could hope to acquire if they traded Luis Castillo this offseason?
1. Reds could acquire Red Sox SS prospect Marcelo Mayer.
Marcelo Mayer fell to the Boston Red Sox in the 2021 MLB Draft. Taken with the fourth-overall selection, Mayer was one of the top draft-eligible prospects last year.
The Red Sox could use an arm like Luis Castillo in their rotation. They'd have the added bonus of securing Castillo's services rather than allowing the New York Yankees to swing a deal for him.
Boston surprised a lot of experts and pundits last season by making it to the ALCS, but with the bar now set, fans will be expecting a return to the postseason in 2022.
The AL East is loaded with contenders, and Boston will need to boost their rotation which ranked seventh in the American League last season in ERA (4.26).
The three other contenders in the AL East (Yankees, Rays, and Blue Jays) had a starting rotation that boasted a ERA below 4.00.
At just 18 years old, Marcelo Mayer is a very young prospect and is unlikely to make his MLB debut until at least 2024.
The shortstop has all the tools you'd look for in a Top 50 prospect with the exception of speed. But that can be easily overlooked if Mayer can hit and hit for power.