Yankees ‘halt’ Luis Castillo trade talks with Reds, MLB insider says

Hold it all.

Athletic’s Jim Bowden reports that contenders such as the New York Yankees must play the waiting game when it comes to trading for Cincinnati Reds right-hander Luis Castillo

The #MLB The trade deadline is set to get off to a slow start as teams wait to see if an international draft deal that would eliminate the qualifying bid and draft selection. Additionally, teams that are on Luis Castillo have hit the pause button to see if they should save any prospects for a (Juan) Soto OK.

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Last week, MLB.com called Castilo “the No. 1 starter available in this year’s commercial market right now” and listed the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox as “potential fits.” “.

In addition to this, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that “The Yankees and Dodgers were considered among All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo’s favorites, the best starter on the market.”

But Castillo won’t come cheap, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:

Executives predict it will cost a team at least two of their top five prospects, and possibly three of their top 10. … The Reds, who badly need young players, will have one of the top 10 systems agricultural after exchanging Castillo.

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Castillo, 29, is a two-time All-Star. This year he is 3-4 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 starts for the Reds (36-58), who sit in last place in National League Central.

According to Spotrac, Castillo earns $7.35 million this season and still has one year of referee eligibility left.

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