Reds righty Luis Castillo and A’s righty Frankie Montas will not be and by no means have been teammates, however their commerce markets have been virtually inextricably linked courting again to the offseason. That’s comprehensible, given the similarities between them. The 29-year-olds are separated by simply three months in age, by about $2MM in wage and are each managed by means of the tip of the 2023 season. Statistically, they’re practically an identical — though Castillo has dealt with the bigger workload in recent times. Both pitch for golf equipment that have been extra targeted on slicing payroll and stashing prospects than on placing collectively a 2022 winner. As such, each are apparent commerce candidates (and have been for the reason that winter).
The Cardinals, Mariners and Yankees have been the three most aggressive groups on the Montas/Castillo entrance, ESPN’s Jeff Passan experiences, with the Twins, Blue Jays and Padres every additionally within the fold to various extents. Jon Heyman of the New York Post additionally hears the Yankees are concerned on each hurlers and calls including a starter “a precedence” for New York.
Bolstering the rotation is equally going to be a key goal for St. Louis. The Cardinals have misplaced Jack Flaherty and Steven Matz to harm in latest weeks. Flaherty is already on the 60-day injured checklist and can be out till not less than late August attributable to a shoulder pressure. Matz tore the MCL in his left knee over the weekend. John Denton of MLB.com wrote a couple of days in the past that Matz was optimistic about avoiding season-ending surgical procedure, however he is anticipated to be sidelined into September even when he can rehab with out going underneath the knife.
The Cardinals additionally confronted a rotation scarcity finally summer time’s deadline. They addressed that slightly modestly, buying veterans Jon Lester and JA Happ as strike-throwing stabilizers behind the rotation. Robert Murray of FanSided reported final evening the entrance workplace was on the lookout for a higher-impact hurler than a Lester/Happ kind this yr, and a pursuit of Castillo and/or Montas definitely aligns with that evaluation. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in the meantime, writes that the Cardinals have explored the marketplace for each impending free brokers and starters with a number of remaining seasons of membership management.
New York, in the meantime, not too long ago misplaced Luis Severino to the injured checklist on account of a lat pressure. New York welcome again Domingo Germán to take his rotation spot, however there’s not a ton of confirmed wholesome depth past their prime 5. The Yankees have additionally seen righty Jameson Taillon scuffle of late, leaving them scouring the marketplace for further assist. Like the Cardinals, they appear to be casting a large internet. In addition to high-impact hurlers within the Castillo/Montas vary, they’ve additionally been linked to Pittsburgh’s José Quintanawho’d be a lower-cost depth pickup on the again finish.
As for the Mariners, they’ve a variety of areas they will add over the following six days. The M’s simply wrapped up a sweep of the Rangers to drag to 54-45. They’re ten video games again of the Astros within the AL West however in possession of the American League’s second Wild Card spot. They’re three video games away from the Guardians, the non-playoff group with the most effective report within the league.
With a powerful alternative to snap a playoff drought that has lasted greater than twenty years, the Mariners are ready to hunt affect expertise. Seattle entered play Wednesday with the sixth-lowest rotation ERA (3.65) within the majors. They’re middle-of-the-pack from a strikeout/stroll perspective, nonetheless, with each Chris Flexen and Marco Gonzales posting below-average strikeout charges. There are additionally potential innings issues for the highly-touted rookie George Kirby, who has already tallied 96 frames this season between the minors and large leagues. That’s above the 67 2/3 innings he logged within the higher minors final yr, so there is definitely room for one more starter to alleviate among the strain on Kirby down the stretch and for what the membership hopes can be a postseason run.