Angels Trade Jason Castro to the Padres for Gerardo Reyes
While one trade went down without landing a pitcher, the Angels were able to complete one that did. On Sunday, the Halos flipped catcher Jason Castro to the San Diego Padres in exchange for catcher Jason Castro.
Perhaps no team has been busier at the trade deadline than the Padres, who acquired Castro, Mitch Moreland, Mike Clevinger, Austin Nola, and more in several different trades over a three-day span. In doing so, the Padres signaled to the baseball world that they intend to be contenders in 2020 and beyond.
In Castro, San Diego picks up a competent defensive backstop that can deliver the long-ball at times. The 33-year-old catcher is a career .231/.313/.390 hitter with 88 career home runs over his 10-year career. The Angels signed him to a one-year deal this past winter, and in turn received a .192/.323./385 slash line, two home runs, and six RBI for their investment.
A free agent at the end of the season, the Angels will take a little bit more away than excellent pitch framing and some meager offense.
In return, the Halos will pick up right-handed reliever Gerardo Reyes. The 27-year-old made his MLB debut in 2019, throwing 26 innings over 27 appearances. In that span, he owns a 4-0 record, with a 7.62 ERA, a 3.41 FIP, and a 13.2 K/9.
While the ERA may be a bit scary, the FIP indicates that it may be a bit of a misnomer. The inflation is largely due to a rough start to his career, where the right-hander surrendered 16 runs over his first 11.2 innings (12 appearances). However, he was much better over his last 15 outings (14.1 innings), when he worked to a 3.77 ERA and struck out 22.
Reyes had yet to appear in a 2020 game for the Padres, but certainly stands a chance to help a bullpen in Anaheim that has been hit and miss this season.
Trade Grade: B-