5 starting pitching targets for St. Louis Cardinals after recent injuries

Zack Greinke #21 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Atlanta Braves in Game Four of the World Series at Truist Park on October 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Zack Greinke #21 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Atlanta Braves in Game Four of the World Series at Truist Park on October 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – APRIL 03: Benches clear after Nick Castellanos #2 of the Cincinnati Reds slides safely into home base to score on a wild pitch and celebrates over pitcher Jake Woodford #40 of the St. Louis Cardinals during their game at Great American Ball Park on April 03, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Reds won 9-6. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO – APRIL 03: Benches clear after Nick Castellanos #2 of the Cincinnati Reds slides safely into home base to score on a wild pitch and celebrates over pitcher Jake Woodford #40 of the St. Louis Cardinals during their game at Great American Ball Park on April 03, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Reds won 9-6. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

Luis Castillo 

Another club that has been in the midst of a fire sale this offseason is the Cincinnati Reds. The club has already let go the likes of Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suarez, Sonny Gray, Nick Castellanos and Wade Miley. Many think Luis Castillo could be next.

Castillo has shown a ton of promise in his career up to this point, and is coming off of an up and down 2021. He finished the year with a 3.98 ERA in 187.2 innings, but his second half saw him post an ERA of 3.18. Castillo is 29 years old, meaning the club could look to keep him around long term.

Due to Castillo being in a contract year, his market value may not be as high as it had been over the last few seasons. If the club is willing to part with a package of prospects centered around one of Juan Yepez, Luken Baker, Zack Thompson, or Joshua Baez, the deal could potentially get done. The Reds may want more than that, and the Cardinals would be wise to at least investigate a trade with this division rival.

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