Despite the on field struggles during their final road trip, the Seattle Mariners made a huge splash on Saturday afternoon when they announced that they had inked starting pitcher Luis Castillo to a five-year, $108 million contract extension — with a sixth year team and player option.
Seattle traded a pair of their top prospects at the deadline for the veteran right hander, and now it’s clear that they see him as part of their competitive window.
The decision to sign Castillo was a no brainer, not only has he been a dominant pitcher since 2019 but he’s been lights out since he joined the M’s rotation. Since his first start with the M’s — were he dazzled at Yankee Stadium — he’s pitched 2.83/2.89/3.00. Which means that his peripherals are pretty much in line with his standard stats; he’s been exceedingly good for the M’s and was a huge part of the (still) fairly comfortable margin they enjoy in the Wild Card standings.
So how’s he done that? By hitting his locations and being exceedingly filthy.
With that kind of command, and that type of movement, with his pitches, it’s easy to understand why general manager Jerry Dipoto was so keen to keep him in the starting rotation.
While the last week has been frustrating, the franchise is committing to competing for championships and filling out its starting rotation is a big part of that
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