Seattle and Luis Castillo agree to a five-year, $108 million contract extension as the Mariners lock up their ‘dynamic power pitcher’ and major trade deadline acquisitions.
- The Seattle Mariners got a boost on Saturday with Luis Castillo’s new contract
- The ace has agreed to a new deal worth a reported $108 million through 2027
- He was the big trade deadline acquisition when they got him from Cincinnati
The Seattle Mariners have locked up another ace to their pitching staff, agreeing to a five-year contract with right-hander Luis Castillo on Saturday.
Castillo was the big acquisition of the deadline for the Mariners when they acquired him from Cincinnati. The hope was that Castillo would be the difference in Seattle’s push to end the longest playoff drought in baseball and that the Mariners could convince him to stick around longer.
They have succeeded in locking up Castillo. And Seattle entered Saturday with a three-game lead over Baltimore for the final AL wild card.
The Seattle Mariners and Luis Castillo agreed to a five-year, $108 million contract extension
“Luis has been one of the best pitchers in MLB over the past six seasons,” Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said.
‘He is a dynamic power pitcher in the prime of his career with a track record of consistency. Bringing him to Seattle represented a key moment in our ongoing efforts to build a championship roster. Likewise, this agreement illustrates our continued commitment to both the present and the future of this team.’
Castillo’s contract is reportedly worth $108 million and will begin with the 2023 season, his final season of arbitration eligibility. It runs through 2027 and includes a mutual option for 2028.
Castillo was the big trade deadline acquisition for the Mariners when they got him from Cincinnati
Castillo, 29, is 7-6 with a 2.85 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 23 starts between Seattle and Cincinnati. Since joining the Mariners, he is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA and 64 strikeouts in nine starts.
Castillo was named to the National League All-Star team in July for his second All-Star selection.
Keeping Castillo creates a formidable rotation for Seattle going into the future. Robbie Ray was Seattle’s big signing last season, and the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner is under contract through 2026. Young right-handers Logan Gilbert and George Kirby have shown flashes of dominance throughout this season. Gilbert is under club control through 2027 and Kirby through 2029.
Castillo is the second major extension for the Mariners in the past month after locking up rookie slugger Julio Rodriguez last month.
Castillo is the second major extension after locking up rookie slugger Julio Rodriguez last month