The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best pitching staff in baseball.
Their starters have an incredible 2.72 ERA, and the next-best squad, the Houston Astros, are at 3.15.
The gap is unbelievable.
But they always want to go the distance: they rarely settle for second place.
As a result, they are seeking to get some pitching help around the trade deadline in late July.
One of the pitchers they are considering is Cincinnati Reds’ right-hander Luis Castillo.
“Sources: #Dodgers and #Reds have had preliminary trade conversations about RHP Luis Castillo. Many clubs are showing interest in Castillo, of course. Long way to go before Aug. 2 trade deadline, but Dodgers are definitely involved,” MLB insider Jon Morosi tweeted.
Sources: #Dodgers and #Reds have had preliminary trade conversations about RHP Luis Castillo. Many clubs are showing interest in Castillo, of course. Long way to go before Aug. 2 trade deadline, but Dodgers are definitely involved. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 11, 2022
The Dodgers Would Add Another Ace To A Rotation Full Of Them
Consider that the Dodgers’ starters have such a low ERA even with Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney missing some time, Dustin May out while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and ace Walker Buehler currently out, too.
Adding Castillo to that mix would be an amazing coup.
Of course, it won’t be easy to pry the Reds into trading him, but the Dodgers have the necessary resources to do it.
Castillo, who is 29 years old, is having another great season, with a 2.92 ERA in 71 frames so far.
He is under team control for what is left of 2022 and 2023, so he is not a rental.
Other teams are said to be interested, including the New York Yankees.
We will know Castillo’s new destination in a couple of weeks, and while he could certainly stay in Cincy, odds are high he will be traded.