Luis Castillo isn’t pitching for the New York Yankees, and Brian Cashman is chalking that up to the price tag.
Because from his standpoint, even if the Yankees were willing to meet the Reds' ask, it still might not have landed them the pitcher.
Castillo was the top arm on the market leading up to the trade deadline. The Seattle Mariners clearly wanted him and made sure to get him, sending the Reds a solid collection of four prospects back.
Appearing on “The Show” podcast, Cashman offered some details on why the Yankees' bid for Castillo failed.
“The price tag coming our way was not something that we were willing to deal with, ultimately,” Cashman said. “Even in the end when the dust settled, with what Seattle did I’m not even sure if our price tag that they wanted from us beats the price tag that Cincinnati got from Seattle. So, obviously we targeted a lot of different players at the deadline, and certainly that was one of them. But ultimately that was it.
“What we were willing to do, I feel like we finished second in that conversation. Doesn’t mean I did or we did, there’s obviously no prize for that, but ultimately what it was going to cost for us to pull down that player, that wasn’t a comfort level of ours.
“I know we were in the game, and then I think Seattle kind of blew the market away when they finished it off. So congrats to them, they got a great player and we moved on to other targets that we had ongoing dialogues going with regardless. We weren’t waiting on whether we could get Castillo or not, we were certainly ready to pull down anything if the price tags could fit.”
The Yankees ended up focusing their attention on Frankie Montas, another pitcher who was widely targeted. They landed the 29-year-old from the Oakland Athletics, but his performances to date have underwhelmed.
Castillo has a 1-1 record with a 3.16 ERA across four outings with Seattle.