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The The Seattle Mariners have made their decision as the organization seeks to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
On Friday night, the Mariners traded for Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillosending four minor leaguers to Cincinnati as part of the deal.
Castillo was widely considered the best pitcher in the commercial market, posting a 2.86 ERA in 85.0 innings, striking out 90 and walking 28 in 14 starts.
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the game,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said, according to MLB.com. “He’s really established himself as a dominant starter in the National League. We have a few of his former teammates with us. They know him very well and speak very well of his work, his competitiveness.”
Seattle’s last playoff appearance came in 2001 after the Mariners won an MLB record 116 games during the regular season. Last year, Seattle has won 90 gamesmissing out on a wildcard spot by just two games.
The Mariners are 54-47, 12 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West. But Seattle has a ½ game advantage over the Tampa Bay Rays for the final wildcard spot, and the Mariners are hoping adding Castillo to the rotation will be enough to get them into October.
“We see Luis Castillo as an impact starter, top of the rotation, who is currently at the top of his game,” Seattle Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said. “Our goal remains to play in the playoffs, now and in the years to come. We believe the addition of Luis is a big step in that direction.”
Castillo was selected for his second All-Star Game in July.
“We have a chance to do something really big here this year,” Servais said. “You have to go out and try your luck once in a while. If you want to finally get the reward, take a little risk, and that’s what we have here.”