The Marlins have acquired right-hander Dan Straily from the Reds for prospects Luis Castillo, Austin Brice and Isaiah White, as first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The deal is pending medical reviews.
Straily is the third rotation addition of the winter for the Marlins, joining free-agent pickups Edinson Volquez and Jeff Locke. Miami entered the winter looking for two starters in the wake of the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez, but has now added a trio of veteran options to a group that already includes Wei-Yin Chen, Tom Koehler and Adam Conley.
Straily, 28, pitched to a surprising 14-8 record and 3.76 ERA in 34 appearances (31 starts) for Cincinnati last winter after being claimed off waivers from the Padres in early April. The righty is under club control for four more seasons, and owns a lifetime 4.24 ERA in parts of five major-league seasons with the Athletics, Cubs, Astros and Reds.
Straily has drawn trade interest from multiple clubs since the trade deadline, with the Rangers among the clubs asking Cincinnati about him this offseason.
Of the three prospects sent to the Reds in the deal, Castillo is the obvious prize. The right-hander was actually traded twice in advance of last summer’s non-waiver trade deadline, originally being shipped to the Padres as part of the Andrew Cashner/Colin Rea trade before being returned to Miami once Rea tore his ulnar collateral ligament and required Tommy John surgery.
Castillo, 24, was ranked by MLB.com as the club’s 5th-best prospect this winter after posting a combined 2.26 ERA in 131.2 innings split between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville in 2016. He has drawn praise for his power arm and ability to pound the zone, with one NL scout telling SB Nation that the deal was a “head-scratcher” because Miami had offers at the deadline to trade Castillo “straight up” for major-league starters.
Brice, also 24, made his major-league debut for Miami in August and allowed 11 earned runs in 14 relief innings at the major-league level. He is ranked 9th on MLB.com’s list of Marlins prospects, and is projected to start in Cincinnati’s Triple-A rotation.
White, 20, was Miami’s 3rd-round pick in the 2015 draft (85th overall) but has hit just .247/.312/.334 with one homer and 18 steals in 87 games over his first two professional seasons. He comes in at no. 16 in MLB.com’s rankings, and is regarded as a raw talent with plus speed and strong defensive capabilities.