3 sleeper teams who could surprisingly emerge in trade talks for Reds starter Luis Castillo

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo (58) pitches.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo (58) pitches. / Albert Cesare / USA TODAY NETWORK
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2. The White Sox could be a sleeper team to trade for Reds RHP Luis Castillo.

Let's stay in the American League Central and look at the prospects of the Chicago White Sox making a deal for Luis Castillo. On the surface, the idea seems a bit silly because of the stable of arms that White Sox manager Tony LaRussa has at his disposal.

Chicago already has a starting rotation of Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, and Lance Lynn. We also cannot forget former Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto. But while Kopech and Cease have enjoyed success, the same cannot be said for Giolito and Lynn.

In Lynn's defense, he's only appeared in three games thus far after suffering a knee injury during spring training. But Giolito has really struggled. The right-hander 4-4 with a 5.19 ERA. Giolito has allowed 15 round trippers in 2022 and has a WHIP of 1.529.

Chicago's starting rotation, much like the Cleveland Guardians, is about in the middle-of-the-pack when it comes to ERA. Walks have been a big problem for the South Siders as well, as the Chicago White Sox rotation has issued more free passes than the Cincinnati Reds.

The White Sox trail both the Guardians and the Minnesota Twins in the standings. Given the amount of money the front office has invested in this ball club, you have to think they'll still be buyers at the trade deadline. Chicago may be able to swoop in a make a nice offer in order to trade for Luis Castillo.