One of the top starting pitchers on the market heading into Tuesday's trade deadline is no longer available, after the Mariners acquired right-hander Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Among the teams widely reported to be interested were the Yankees, who, according to Audacy MLB insider Jon Heyman, haven't given up on potentially bolstering their rotation ahead of the playoffs.
Instead, the Bombers are now making Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas their "top target" among starting pitchers, per Heyman, and they are "also in on" Pirates left-hander Jose Quintana.
Castillo, 29, is a free agent after next season, so the Mariners control him for the stretch run and into next year. The veteran right-hander went 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 14 starts for Cincinnati before being shipped off to Seattle in exchange for four minor leaguers, including a notable prospect in shortstop Noelvi Marte. The Mariners were tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second and third wild card spots in the American League entering Saturday's action.
Like Castillo, Montas is also 29 and under contract through next season. He is 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA through 19 starts for the last-place Athletics. Quintana, meanwhile, would be a more traditional late-season rental and, presumably, cost less in return. The 33-year-old left-hander is 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA through 20 starts, and is slated to hit free agency at season's end.