The New York Yankees have been rumored to be one of many teams interested in trading for Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo. The Athletics' Peter Gammons (subscription required) even cited Yankees' pitcher Will Warren as a prospect the Reds have scouted.
The Yankees will be players in the trade talks surrounding Castillo. There's been too much smoke for too long. Will New York ultimately land La Piedra? Well, that's going to depend a lot on what Brian Cashman and the Yankees are willing to give up.
In order for Cincinnati to become more competitive next season, they'll need to get as much as they can for a top talent like Luis Castillo. Which three Yankees prospects should the Reds target if trade discussions between the two clubs materialize.
1. The Reds should target Yankees prospect Alexander Vargas.
The Cincinnati Reds showed interest in signing Alexander Vargas out of Cuba, but financial restrictions prevented them from doing that. Vargas eventually signed with the New York Yankees. But that doesn't mean that the Reds are no longer interested in the shortstop prospect.
MLB Pipeline views Vargas as the Yankees No. 16 overall-ranked prospect while FanGraphs sees the infielder in a much better light (No. 5). Both outlets, however, agree that Vargas is an elite athlete and very capable of fielding his position.
Yes, I know the Cincinnati Reds have an excess of middle infielders in their farm system. But that's not a bad problem to have, as shortstops are typically the best athletes on the field. Good teams don't necessarily draft and/ or trade for need over talent.
Alexander Vargas is only 20 years old and just getting his feet wet at Low-A Tampa. Vargas would not be considered the headliner of a trade with the New York Yankees, but he could definitely be a solid piece.