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Friday, July 30, 2021

Seattle fills closer role in deal for TB’s Diego Castillo

The Mariners have found their bullpen replacement for Kendall Graveman, as the club acquired Rays closer Diego Castillo on Thursday.

In exchange, Seattle will part with reliever JT Chargois and third baseman Austin Shenton, one of its more coveted prospects.

SEA gets: RHP Diego Castillo
TB gets: RHP JT Chargois, 3B Austin Shenton (Mariners No. 17 prospect)

On paper, this one will probably be much more well-received than the deal that sent Graveman to Houston on Tuesday and left an emotional clubhouse confused at the trajectory of general manager Jerry Dipoto’s Deadline strategy. Though Graveman’s numbers are superior and his veteran leadership and imprint on his teammates can’t be positively quantified enough, Castillo has also been stellar.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2021 at 09:52 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. sotapop Posted: July 30, 2021 at 02:42 PM (#6031655)
as one of the lonely Rays fans here, I'll just say I don't hate this. Castillo was lights-out a couple of years ago but his velocity has dropped and hits/inning have gone up (though walks have gone down). my guess is he's one of those guys -- he's huge, 6'3", 250 and looks bigger to me-- who maybe doesn't age well. The Rays have always held to the "better to trade a year too early than a year too late" and they've been generally spot-on, especially with pitchers.

Neander thinks Chargois is basically Castillo lite, and Shenton, the 3B prospect, tore it up at A/AA this year. Third has been pretty much a sinkhole for the Rays since Longoria, so... I actually kinda like this, especially if Anderson is almost ready to come back, as we hear.
   2. bookbook Posted: July 30, 2021 at 04:37 PM (#6031691)
It’s a probably okay for both teams, but assume Shenton’s a future 1b, not likely to stick at third. (But he can hit.)
   3. Buck Coats Posted: July 30, 2021 at 05:04 PM (#6031711)
Seemed like a dumb trade for the Rays, but since the Rays win every trade they make I'm gonna call them the winners of this trade...
   4. Boxkutter Posted: July 30, 2021 at 07:14 PM (#6031787)
Seemed like a dumb trade for the Rays, but since the Rays win every trade they make I'm gonna call them the winners of this trade...

You also seem to be forgetting that Dipoto has been a pretty crappy trader since he joined the Mariners. This team is worse off for the Graveman for Castillo switch, and a AAAA utility guy like Toro isn't going to make up the difference.

I've been in the Fire Dipoto Camp since his first Winter, and I remain firmly there.

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