Quick Bit: The Reds have parted ways with Luis Castillo in return for several of the Mariners’ biggest prospects, including top-20 shortstop Noelvi Marte.

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The Reds on Friday traded ace right-hander Luis Castillo to the Mariners in return for a package of high-end prospects.

Castillo, the best starting pitcher available on the market ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade eadline, will strengthen the rotation of a Mariners team that’s hoping to make its first playoff appearance in nearly two decades. In sending its two-time All-Star to the AL West, the Reds (38-61, last in the NL Central) are stockpiling prospects for their rebuild.

In that sense, both teams got what they wanted, though it’s clear the Mariners made the bigger splash. Now we’ll see whether the deal will help lead to a playoff run.

Until then, here’s what you need to know about the trade:

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Luis Castillo trade details

Mariners get: RHP Luis Castillo
Reds get: Minor league SSs Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo; and minir league RHPs Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore

As first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan (and confirmed by the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish), the Mariners have parted with four prospects in exchange for the Reds ace. The group includes top-100 prospects in Marte (No. 18) and Arroyo (No. 93).

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Luis Castillo contract details

Castillo is making $7.35 million in 2022 and is eligible for salary arbitration in 2023. He can become a free agent after the ’23 season.

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Luis Castillo
$8.5 million
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What do the Mariners get in Luis Castillo?

The Mariners get the best starting pitcher on the trade market, making a rotation previously headed by Robbie Ray and Logan Gilbert playoff-caliber.

The move is a big splash; Seattle now has Castillo on hand for what it hopes will be a strong finish to the regular season. The Mariners are 54-46 and 11 games behind the Astros in the AL West, but they currently own the second wild-card spot in the league. The team is looking for its first playoff appearance since losing the 2001 ALCS to the Yankees.

Castillo is in the midst of a second All-Star season. He compiled a 2.86 ERA in 14 starts (4-4 record) for Cincinnati, with allowed 63 hits, 30 runs (27 earned) and seven home runs allowed.

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What do the Reds get in the Mariners’ prospects?

Cincinnati did very well in the trade, netting four prospects to aid the team’s rebuild.

The headliner of that group is Marte, the No. 18 prospect in the minor leagues and the seventh-ranked shortstop. He has a slash line of .275/.363/.462 in high single-A ball in 2022, including 62 runs, 94 hits and 15 home runs entering Friday.

The other top-100 player involved in the trade is the Arroyo, the Mariners’ third-best prospect and No. 93 overall player in the minor leagues. The 18-year-old has a .316/.385/.514 slash line with 76 runs, 115 hits and 13 home runs at low Single-A.

The deal also includes two pitchers in Stoudt (Seattle’s No. 5 prospect) and Moore, who is not listed among the team’s prospects according to MLB Pipeline. Stoudt has a 5.28 ERA at Double-A in 2022, allowing 92 hits and 13 home runs while striking out 82.

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