With the major league baseball trade deadline just days away, the Seattle Mariners struck the first big blow Friday night when they acquired right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds.

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In return, the Ohio team confirmed having received several prospects, namely infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, as well as right-handed pitchers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore.

Coming back to the Mariners, they will now be able to count on Castillo, one of the most coveted pitchers on the deal market, to back Robbie Ray and Logan Gilbert, among others, to end a streak of more than 20 years. without making the playoffs.

In 2022, Castillo went 4-4 with a healthy 2.86 ERA. In 85 innings of work this season, he made 90 opponents bite the dust.

Among the prospects acquired by the Reds, Marte is without a doubt the most promising, he who is ranked as the 18th most beautiful prospect in major league baseball. In Tier A, in 2022, the 20-year-old hit a .270 batting average, in addition to hitting 15 long balls and driving in 55 runs.

Arroyo could also prove to be a quality prospect, he who is seen as the 48th best prospect in the Manfred circuit by “Baseball America” ​​and the 93rd best prospect by the Major League Baseball website. Only 18, he was a second-round pick (48th overall) of the Mariners in 2021.

Major League Baseball’s 30 teams have until August 2, inclusive, to make trades.