According to CBS Sports’ Jim Bowden, the New York Yankees are in the hunt for Reds ace Luis Castillo. The move would likely put the Bombers over the top, but don’t expect this to happen.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman never makes trades that involve leaks. That’s not changing for anyone–not even Luis Castillo.
To be clear, the Yankees should be interested in Castillo, but it’s worth noting that the Yankees haven’t made deals like this. Sure, they’ve dealt for Giancarlo Stanton, but Yankees fans had no indication that was getting done until it was, and that’s for good reason.
Brian Cashman gets trades done in secret because it keeps the asking price down. In this case, if the Yankees fan base is putting this much pressure on the Yankees’ front office to get a deal done–So Cincinnati could then take advantage of that desperation and take additional compensation.
The 28-year-old All-Star pitcher is in the prime of his career with a devastating changeup that would help the Bombers win no doubt. He’s a big game pitcher that could easily thrust New York into the World Series for the first time since 2009.
Flaws into strengths
This past postseason, New York ran out of starting pitching and eventually decided to have a reliever start a crucial playoff game. A major roster flaw was exposed and the Yankees have a couple months to find their answer.
It’s still fun to talk about what the Reds would ask for, so here it is:
Clint Frazier would be the headliner and the only way that happens is if the Yankees sign former Astros slugger Michael Brantley in free agency. New York needs to find a bat they trust to replace Frazier so they can use that surplus of talent to find a cost-effective starter for that rotation through trade. The ole’ domino effect.
The rest of the deal would involve prospects that haven’t made their impacts yet, so nothing the Yankees can’t get done.
I know Yankees fans desperately want another All-Star in that starting rotation, and who wouldn’t? It’s just that the team doesn’t normally get deals done in this fashion.
So don’t buy the hype.