2. Clint Frazier, Clarke Schmidt, Oswald Peraza and Alexander Vizcaino for Luis Castillo
This feels steep, but if the Yankees are solely acquiring Castillo, it’s going to be a lot.
We’ve pitched this one already, but it feels like it needs to be revisited. It’s an offer the Reds really can’t refuse. Yes, it’s an overpay for the Yankees, but this is how they’re treated on the trade market. Get used to it. The Padres give up nothing for Blake Snell and Yu Darvish, the Mets trade meaningless pieces for Francisco Lindor, the Dodgers give the Red Sox spare parts for Mookie Betts, and the Tigers want Gleyber Torres for Matthew Boyd.
The sad reality means Cashman will, at times, just have to deal with the unfair treatment, but when you have a surplus of talent and Castillo is the missing World Series piece, you’ve gotta pull the trigger.
Trading Frazier will hurt, but the Yankees want to bring back Brett Gardner anyway, so just have him and Mike Tauchman split time out there (and maybe Greg Allen? Ugh). The Yankees’ offense will easily survive without Frazier — in fact, it always has. He’s a tremendous bat to have late in the order, but he’s not a necessity.
A young, controllable talent like Frazier, as well as No. 2 prospect Clarke Schmidt, No. 4 prospect Oswald Peraza and No. 9 prospect Alexander Vizcaino gives the Reds a starting outfielder, an MLB-ready pitcher, a top shortstop prospect and a top pitching prospect. What more do you want? None of these guys are mere throw-ins. They’re all highly-rated, talented baseball players.
If the Reds don’t want something like this, then they’re either delusional in terms of what they can get in return for Castillo or their ability to prognosticate their next window of contention is poor.