sailors and Luis Castillo Agree on a five-year, $108 million extension, according to Jeff Bassan from ESPN. There is a 6-year vesting option that can total up to $133 million. MLB.com’s Daniel Kramer Reports indicate that the vesting option will start if Castillo throws at least 180 runs in 2027. Basan Add That the Mariners would receive a $5 million option for the 2028 season if Castillo undergoes a UCL overhaul procedure that causes him to lose more than 130 days in the 2025-2027 window. Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic Relays that Castillo will have complete no-trade protection for the first three years. Castillo was due to become a free agent after the 2023 season, but will instead stay with the Mariners for at least another four years after that.
Castillo, 29, started his major football career with the Reds, establishing himself as an excellent starting player. From his debut in 2017 through 2021, he made a 123rd start and descended to an ERA of 3.72. This score is even more impressive given the Great American Ball Park’s batter-friendly nature, with both Statcast and ESPN ranking second only to Coors Field in this division. He’s been able to achieve this level of success by hitting grounds on 53.9% of hitters while hitting 26.2% of hitters, both well above the league average. He also showed adequate control, walking 8.8% of hitters to the plate, a sign of close to the league average. He’s had 14.5 wins over substitution in the time, according to FanGraphs, a mark that ranks in the top 20 of all shooters in the league.
The Reds’ latest season got off to an inauspicious start, with general manager Nick Krall saying the club “must align our salaries with our resources and continue to focus on discovering and developing young talent from within our system” in the wake of Tucker Barnhart’s Tigers trade. Trade rumors immediately began swirling around Castillo, along with fellow rotationalists Sonny Gray and Tyler Mahley. Gray will be dealt with Minnesota in March, but the Reds held out for Mahle and Castillo to start the year. Castillo slowed down with some shoulder pain early in camp but returned to the hill in May and showed no rust when retaking the hill. By 14 starts with Cincy, he’s had an era of 2.86 along with a 47.1% globe average, 25.8% strike rate, and 8% walk rate.
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