1. Jasson Dominguez and Luis Medina for Luis Castillo
OK Reds, you’ve got it your way. Take it and run from the Yankees.
One could argue the previous package is more valuable, but this one may have more upside. Jasson Dominguez is the Yankees’ No. 1 overall prospect, and if you’ve seen any practice videos of this guy, you’d understand why. As for Luis Medina, he might only be the Yankees’ No. 11 prospect, but he’s climbing the ranks quickly.
Dominguez’s power already feels unmatched and he’s only 17 years old. He’s a switch hitter. He’s the No. 33 prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America. He’s a player any team would love to build around in the coming years. But he probably won’t hit the bigs until 2023 (at least), so that’s why the Yankees can afford to part with him, especially when you realize Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks aren’t going anywhere.
As for Medina, he was recently named the Pitcher of the Year in the Puerto Rican Winter League. He gave up just one run across 16.2 innings and struck out 32 batters. Pretty damn good for missing all of 2020 due to the global pandemic, right? He’s not slated to hit MLB until 2022, so he’ll continue refining his skills until he’s ready. He’s coming into his own after struggling to kick off his big league career. That performance in the Puerto Rican league followed a 1.77 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 2.96 BB/9, and 12.42 K/9 in his final eight starts (45.2 innings) between Charleston and Tampa in 2019.
If you’re the Reds and you want to maximize your outlook for the future, this could be the best move to make. You’ll be exchanging three years of Castillo for what will eventually be six years for both Dominguez and Medina. Unload some of your other guys at the 2021 trade deadline to further bolster the farm system, and you’re looking at a bright future.
We’re not going to say we know best, but we do know something.