Aside from a little Juan Soto drama, the MLB trade hot stove has been burning on low for most of the season. That all changed on Monday when MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported that the Reds and Dodgers have had “preliminary” discussions about a possible trade for starter Luis Castillo.
The Dodgers starting staff has been the best in baseball (2.72 ERA), but apparently the ghost of the NLCS 2021 is still roaming the halls of the Dodgers front office. The Braves were the better team in the end, but an exhausted Walker Buehler and Julio Urías, plus Max Scherzer’s business decision, doomed the Dodgers chances of winning back-to-back titles.
After the Castillo news broke, Dodgers fans were quick to chime in with their reactions to LA exploring the trade.
Need him in dodger blue
— ? (@yvnks) July 11, 2022
— Jose Marrero (@JoseMar43858382) July 11, 2022
One fan pointed out that Castillo, who's already made one All-Star team in his career, could be even better with some coaching from the savvy Dodgers staff.
I have faith Mark Prior can get the most out of him down the stretch
— ??salty dodger fan (56-29)?? (@yaboidany2115) July 11, 2022
Another thinks the Dodgers should try to land an even bigger name.
I think Friedman has to go bigger.
— uscuscgo troy (@uscuscgo) July 11, 2022
Other cited team president Andrew Friedman's recent quotes about the team focusing on internal improvements instead of sending out prospects for another big name.
You must know something we don't. Friedman said he isn't looking for trades this season however Castillos numbers are excellent & he won't come to Dodger Blue cheep. A YES VOTE here.
— Candy Plantone (@iplantone23) July 12, 2022
I would hold off on this one if it means we’re dealing our top prospects again.
— Dodger_Glizzy (@DodgerGlizzy) July 12, 2022
The Dodgers Nation YouTube community also weighed in on the prospect of LA trading for Castillo.
"We need to trade for Luis Castillo if any of our pitching gets injured he could help us pitch well in the NLDS or CS" - Dee Kirkham
"I disagree with trading for castillo. mitch white is looking good to hold a spot until dustin may comes back. we need bullpen help. not a starter. it will also be less expensive." - James Cosgrove
One fan tossed out a wild trade idea for Castillo.
"I would trade Bellinger Muncie Turner and pepiot to get Castillo. No way I’m letting go of Bobby Miller Italia bush but this is a guy we definitely need to get I mean look at his 99 100 he’s got a great change Yep I know you’ve been trying to get Castillo for a few year" - Katarina Neuhartk
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