1. Clint Frazier and prospects to Reds for Luis Castillo
If Clint Frazier is going to be traded, the Yankees better go for it all.
The Reds are reportedly listening to trade offers for Luis Castillo, or at least that’s what we learned a few weeks ago. Well, the Yankees can help! And it starts with Clint Frazier, who can immediately help out, especially if Cincy is looking to unload Nick Castellanos’ contract.
As for the rest of this trade? The Yankees would have to cough up a bit. Castillo, who has a 3.62 ERA in 90 career starts across four seasons, won’t hit free agency until after 2023. And he’ll likely be under (largely) team-friendly prices until then.
Castillo, 28, is the exact kind of power right-hander you want behind Gerrit Cole. Though Hendricks arguably offers a better change of pace, Castillo truly brings another ace-like arm with his blazing fastball and devastating changeup. That’s the good news.
The bad news? This won’t be cheap. We’re looking at a Frazier-Clarke Schmidt-Oswald Peraza-Alexander Vizcaino kind of package if Jasson Dominguez remains untouchable (he probably will). Schmidt is the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect, Peraza is No. 4 and Vizcaino is No. 9. That gives the Reds some diversity with an outfielder, two pitchers and a shortstop. A lot of controllable talent there for a team that isn’t exactly a big market and needs to figure out a way to out-rebuild their division rivals in the NL Central.
This is the go-for-it-all deal and a chance to worry about rebuilding your top-10 prospects later. Some might call it a World Series move. And we need one of those badly right now.