Reds GM Nick Krall issued a statement suggesting that rumors of Castillo being traded to the Yankees was 'completely false,' Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "[The rumors] are completely false," Krall texted. "We intend to have [Castillo] as a member of our rotation for 2021." While Krall has asserted that he'll listen to offers for nearly everyone, it doesn't really make sense to trade Castillo, absent an overwhelming package. He's only making $4.2 million with the Reds in 2021 and won't become a free agent for another three seasons.
Castillo signed a one-year, $4.2 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. The right-hander is in his first year of arbitration eligibility, so the $4.2 million is a significant figure despite him still being underpaid. Castillo had a 3.21 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 89:24 K:BB over 70 innings last season, and he should sit at the top of Cincinnati's rotation in 2021 alongside Sonny Gray.
Castillo struck out seven batters over 5.1 innings in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series on Thursday, allowing just one run on six hits and a walk, but he picked up the loss thanks to an even better performance from Atlanta starter Ian Anderson. The Reds got some strong pitching performances during their very brief time in the playoffs, but they failed to score a single run in 22 innings across their two losses. Castillo looked quite good in his first career postseason outing, allowing only an RBI double to Ronald Acuna in the fifth inning, but one run proved to be more than his teammates could manage. Still, the strong postseason debut caps off a good campaign for the 27-year-old righty, who cruised to a 3.21 ERA and a career-best 2.65 FIP in his 12 starts this season.
Castillo (4-6) allowed four runs on six hits over four innings in a loss to the Twins on Saturday. He struck out four and did not issue a walk. Castillo had a bit of a letdown performance after the Reds clinched a postseason berth Friday night. He allowed four extra-base hits (all doubles), the most he's allowed in a start this season, but Castillo was smiling throughout and seemed just fine, albeit not completely dialed in. The win-loss record does not do Castillo's 2020 regular season justice -- he was one of the best pitchers in the National League by any other measure. The right-hander lines up to start Game 2 for Cincinnati in the wild-card round.
Castillo (4-5) picked up the win Monday against the Brewers, allowing one run on four hits and three walks across 6.2 innings. He struck out nine. Castillo was sharp once again Monday, with his lone hiccup being a solo shot by Jedd Gyorko in the fifth. The right-hander has won each of his last four starts, punching out 33 while allowing just four runs across 28.2 frames. After starting the campaign 0-5, Castillo will have a chance to even his record when he takes the ball Saturday in Minnesota.