Dipoto details why the Mariners traded Luis Castillo, their rotation plans

Mariners make massive splash with 2022 MLB trade deadline louis castle from the Cincinnati Reds, and that move has a major impact on the team in terms of their playoff contention both this season and next, but also how the starting rotation will look going forward.

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during your weekly tour The Mike Salk Show on Seattle Sports at 710 a.m.President of Mariners Baseball Operations Jerry was photographed Shared insight into why Castillo was his target and what it means for the pitch staff this season.

First and foremost, why did the Mariners trade? Quite Enough Possibility Package For the 29-year-old All-Star?

“We think he is one of the best pitchers in the league and has been for a while now,” Dipoto said. “…I believe this is accurate to the day, but since 2019 Luis Castillo is the only pitcher in Major League Baseball to have scored above 50% of the ground ball rate per home run rate. Has less than one in nine innings and has strike rate. Better than one per innings.”

Dipoto said Castillo is “in the prime of his career” and needs exactly the kind of pitcher the Mariners need for this year’s playoff run as well as the 2023 season.

“We thought this was the type of guy that gives us energy and really pushes us through these last two months and then into 2023. It really attracted us,” he said.

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As for how long Castillo has been on Seattle’s radar, Dipoto told Salk that Castillo was the one who was initially targeted by the Mariners when trading James Paxton to the New York Yankees after the 2018 season as he called off the rebuild.

Most analysts considered Castillo the top starting pitcher in the business market, with Dipoto agreeing. But how big was the difference between Castillo and the next best man?

“We thought that was enough,” he said. “… Luis Castillo fits every criteria we wanted to achieve, and he’s doing it right now. He’s 29 years old. And at least, we know he’s going to have a partnership with the Mariners after that.” And the year has come and we hope he enjoys his stay in Seattle and chooses to stay for a while.

So an extension for Castillo, whose contract expires after 2023, is on the table?

“Sure. And I think it would be if he trades with any of the other 28 teams because you don’t get a lot of opportunities to reach pitchers like Luis Castillo, especially when they’re in their late 20s or 30s. early in the decade to reach them,” Depoto said. “As a general rule, these types of pitchers are either outclassed very early in their careers or they get into the free agent market and have a bonanza in hand. So the market trades on year-to-year contracts. To be able to reach them through is a very rare thing and we felt we had to take advantage of it. And hopefully now, as we have had some of our other early pitchers in recent years, (we can We can extend the contract to make sure we keep him in Seattle for as long as possible.”

For the trade itself, the Mariners dropped shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo and right-handed pitchers Levi Staud and Andrew Moore. Marte and Arroyo are each top 100 prospects on both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America, while Stout was one of Seattle’s 10 best prospects according to both publications.

Dipoto admitted it was a lot to trade away but said the Mariners actually had less left than the Reds were initially seeking.

“We left for a bit to bring Louis to Seattle and we understood at the 11th hour when we made the deal that we weren’t going to push the button, he was going to wind up somewhere else, and we weren’t ready to take That was the chance,” he said.

Dipoto said the Mariners tried for weeks to work out a deal that included just one of Marte and Arroyo, but they weren’t able to complete it. Despite trading the two top prospects, Dipoto insists that the Mariners’ agricultural system — and overall organizational depth — is very well in place.

“The reality is that’s why you build a farming system, and that’s why you build depth, and that’s why you build up contracts to the major league level. Right now as the season goes on, we’re the second lowest in baseball. There are teams of age, and contrary to popular belief, we did not empty our farm system to pay for this team, ”he said. “Today we have a very young team. We still have what we believe is a strong farming system … and we are now in a position to control our destiny, which is to go into the post season with a team that is largely ( team) is in control. So all those things really had an impact. We felt that our dispute window was open and that if the opportunity existed we would be irresponsible if we didn’t go through it. ,

What next for rotation?

Castillo joins a Mariners team that includes Robbie Ray, Logan Gilbert, Marco Gonzales, Chris Flexon and rookie George Kirby in the same five-man rotation beginning in mid-May.

What does the inclusion of Castillo in that group mean for those other five?

“We knew we would need at least six starts to get through the next two visits because of the split doubleheader against the Angels on Saturday, upon receiving Louis the last (Friday),” Dipoto said. “So with the days off and the split doubleheaders, everyone will pitch on their sixth day.”

After that the Mariners “won’t make a determination yet on how to shuffle the staff”, but Dipoto provided some insight into what might have happened. A lot of this involved Kirby and managing his innings in his first MLB season.

“I think we’re leaning against running with six starts. We can do something along the lines of piggyback where two starters share a game,” DePoto said. “It’s something we want to do to help George manage the innings total.”

As far as taking one of those six starters to the bullpen to be used as the “tall man”, that’s not likely to happen right now.

“I don’t think we’ll do that because we don’t want to shorten the start. Part of the appeal in getting Luis was to make sure we had the kind of rumble that you’ve had in the last two months of the season and your rotation. There was a need for depth in,” DePoto said. “And if we shorten those, we’re probably not going to achieve it. So we will be creative and I think we will do the right thing. But we want to make sure that all six of our players get ample opportunity to contribute.”

You can listen to the full Jerry Dipoto Show starting Thursday morning on this link Or in the podcast player below.

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