Seattle and Luis Castillo agree on five-year, $108 million contract extension

Seattle and Luis Castillo agree five-year, $108 million contract extension while Mariners complete their “dynamic power pitcher” and large trade deadline acquisition

  • The Seattle Mariners signed Luis Castillo to a new contract on Saturday
  • The ace has agreed to a new deal worth $108 million through 2027
  • He was the big Trade Deadline Acquisition when they brought him out of Cincinnati

The Seattle Mariners have locked up another ace for their pitching staff, agreeing a five-year deal with right-hander Luis Castillo on Saturday.

Castillo was the big acquisition for the Mariners when they acquired him from Cincinnati. The hope was that Castillo would make the difference in Seattle’s push to end baseball’s longest playoff drought and that the Mariners could convince him to stay longer.

They managed to imprison Castillo. And Seattle entered for the final AL wildcard on Saturday with a three-game lead over Baltimore.

The Seattle Mariners and Luis Castillo agreed to a five-year, $108 million contract extension

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 for the past six seasons,” said Jerry Dipoto, Mariners president of baseball operations.

“He’s a dynamic power pitcher in the prime of his career with a consistent track record. Bringing him to Seattle was a pivotal moment in our ongoing effort to build a championship roster. Similarly, this deal illustrates our continued commitment to the present and future of this team.’

Castillo’s contract is reportedly worth $108 million and will begin with the 2023 season, his final season of arbitration. It runs until 2027 and includes a reciprocal option for 2028.

Castillo was the big acquisition for Mariners when they brought him out of Cincinnati

Castillo was the big acquisition for Mariners when they brought him out of Cincinnati

The 29-year-old Castillo 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 an impressive rotation for Seattle going forward. Robbie Ray was Seattle’s big signing last offseason, and the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has a contract through 2026. Young right-handers Logan Gilbert and George Kirby have shown dominance this season. Gilbert is under club control until 2027 and Kirby until 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

Castillo is the second major extension after locking up rookie slugger Julio Rodriguez last month

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Maureen Mackey

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