Looks like the Cincinnati Reds are going to deal with one of their starting pitchers this offseason, right? The trio of Sonny Gray, Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle would all be available this winter. And with the current market for starting pitchers, the Reds could certainly land a nice comeback for one or more of their right-handed starters.
Kevin Gausman left the Bay Area and signed a six-year / $ 110 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Robbie Ray has said goodbye to Hollywood North and is heading to Emerald City on a five-year / $ 115 million contract. And Max Scherzer cashed in a three-year / $ 130 million offer to move to the Big Apple.
The insane amount of money spent to start pitching before the MLB lockdown shows just how much teams appreciate good pitching. The Reds are sitting in the cat bird seat with three pitchers who are, at worst, the No. 3 starter on a good pitching staff.
Castillo and Mahle both entered the offseason with two years of team control remaining. Castillo, who had a rocky start until 2021, rebounded well after June 1 and posted a 2.73 ERA on his last 22 starts. Mahle is an analytical darling who has established career marks in games and pitched innings, wins, FIP and fWAR.
Castillo’s price for the 2022 season is estimated by MLB Trade Rumors of around $ 7.6 million, while Mahle is expected to be a little cheaper at the $ 5.6 million forecast next season. Sonny Gray, however, is in the final year of his contract and will receive a base salary of $ 10.2 million in 2022. The team also hold a $ 12 million option for the 2023 season.
Gray has just turned 32 and is coming out of an injury-ridden campaign in 2021. Gray has appeared in 26 games, and while strikeouts were there, some of the right-hander’s numbers are a bit concerning. Gray saw his HR / 9 peak from 0.64 to 1.26 and his ERA dropped from 3.70 to 4.19.
Gray may still be an effective part of the Cincinnati Reds’ rotation next season, but with the likely rise of young pitchers like Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Vladimir Gutierrez and Reiver Sanmartin, his position with the team, especially given of his salary, is in question.
The Texas Rangers are said to be a game against the Reds’ starting line ahead of the MLB lockout. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported At the start of last month, despite significant investments in Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, the Rangers were part of the squad that had learned about the Redlegs starters.
Our friends at Nolan Writin ‘, a FanSided site dedicated to all things Texas Rangers, set up a proposal for Sonny Gray which included three mid-level perspectives. Let’s take a look at their proposal and see if we can’t find some common ground.