Seattle sent four players to Cincinnati in return for Castillo, including three of its top five prospects. The return package included shortstops Noelvi Marte (the Mariners’ No. 1 prospect) and Edwin Arroyo (No. 3), as well as right-handers Levi Stoudt (No. 5) and Andrew Moore.
“All of these kids, they’re so much a part of what we’ve been building toward, and ultimately we knew that there would come a time where we’d feel like it was our time to take a step forward,” said Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto. “This is why you build stronger, deep organizations. The talent that these guys bring to the table allowed us to go out and get what we thought was the top pitcher on the market, and really, what we thought was one of the better pitchers in baseball right now.”
Adding another ace. We’ve acquired All-Star RHP Luis Castillo from the Reds in exchange for IF Noelvi Marte, IF Edwin Arroyo, RHP Levi Stoudt and RHP Andrew Moore. 📰 https://t.co/TEwvYUG1uP pic.twitter.com/6H2KXbbpFc
The Mariners beat out several other teams to land Castillo. A dozen teams made their pitch for the right-hander, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand learned, with the Yankees “close,” according to someone familiar with the talks. With Castillo’s regular turn to pitch lined up for Tuesday, Dipoto said that likely puts the righty on track to make his Seattle debut in the Bronx against the Yankees.