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Yankees Rumors: Jasson Dominguez Included in Trade Talks with Reds for Luis Castillo

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVAugust 12, 2022

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Before he was dealt to the Seattle Mariners ahead of the trade deadline earlier this month, the New York Yankees reportedly made a push to acquire starting pitcher Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds.

According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Yanks offered one of their top prospects in outfielder Jasson Dominguez as part of a package for Castillo, but they were unwilling to include shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe and "possibly" declined to include shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza as well.

Instead, the Reds took the Mariners' package of four prospects, which included shortstop Noelvi Marte, who is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 17 overall prospect in baseball, and shortstop Edwin Arroyo, who is ranked 90th.

The trade has paid huge dividends for a Mariners team that is attempting to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

Each of Castillo's two starts for Seattle has coincidentally come against the Yankees, and the two-time All-Star is 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 15 strikeouts over 14.2 innings in those starts.

After missing out on Castillo, the Yanks directed their attention toward Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas, who sported a 3.18 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 104.2 innings for the A's this season.

Montas has made only one start for the Yanks thus far, and it was disastrous, as he allowed five hits, three walks and six earned runs in three innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.

New York made several trades before the deadline, acquiring Montas and reliever Lou Trivino from the A's, All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals and reliever Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs. They also shipped struggling outfielder Joey Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers and somewhat surprisingly traded starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the Cards for injured outfielder Harrison Bader.

Despite bringing in some solid pieces, the Yankees are just 22-25 over their past 47 games and 1-7 over their last eight.

Fortunately for them, they were on a historic pace earlier in the year, so they are still 71-41, which is good for a 10-game lead in the American League East and are only a half-game behind the Houston Astros for the best record in the AL.

One thing the Yankees clearly attempted to do was make some needed additions without losing their top prospects.

Volpe, Peraza and Dominguez are ranked as the Nos. 7, 35 and 36 prospects in MLB, respectively, and New York managed to keep all of them in the fold.

Parting with two of them may have gotten them Castillo and may have helped curb the losing streak they are currently on, but general manager Brian Cashman is undoubtedly hopeful he was able to toe the line between being a World Series contender this season and ensuring a bright future for the team down the line.

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