Reds reportedly willing to discuss trading Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo. / Dylan Buell/GettyImages

These latest Reds rumors are predictable and won't make the Cincinnati faithful very happy. But, according to Peter Gammons, the Cincinnati Reds are now willing to listen to trade offers for both Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle.

This isn't exactly earth-shattering news. Despite winning three of their past four games, the Reds are in no position to call themselves contenders this season. Parting ways with both Castillo and Mahle is probably the best course of action for Cincinnati this season.

The Reds took a gamble early this offseason and it didn't pay off. In an effort to slash payroll while still trying to stay somewhat competitive, Cincinnati's front office traded Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suárez, Sonny Gray, and Amir Garrett.

However, to avoid the notion that the team was undergoing a full-on rebuild, Reds GM Nick Krall maintained that the club would not trade starters Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle. The half-hearted effort to compete in 2022 has yielded horrendous results, and it sounds like the Reds are now ready to concede that they're already out of the playoff hunt.

Reds rumors suggest team is willing to trade Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle.

Luis Castillo returned to the hill last night following a trip to the IL to begin the right-hander's 2022 season. Castillo pitched well, going 4.2 innings and striking out five batters. Castillo nearly completed five innings, but a replay review overturned a force out at second base and La Piedra was pulled in favor of Luis Cessa.

Tyler Mahle, who pitched on Sunday for Reds, has started out slowly in 2022. But his performance over the weekend against the Pirates suggested that the right-hander was moving in the right direction. Mahle has a 6.46 ERA through seven starts this season.

According to Gammons, the Los Angeles Dodgers are also willing to trade David Price, but is sounds as if the Oakland Athletics will wait until closer to trade deadline before dealing Frankie Montas.

These latest Reds rumors are unsettling, but expected. All of Reds Country will be glued to social media in the coming weeks and maybe even months to see where Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle might end up.

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