The New York Yankees were in hot pursuit of then-Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo prior to the Major League Baseball trade deadline but a deal never came together between the two clubs.
“The Yankees tried hard for Luis Castillo, offering top prospect Jasson Dominguez in packages, according to sources,” the New York Post’s Jon Heyman wrote Thursday. “Nevertheless, they held firm on Anthony Volpe, and possibly also Oswald Peraza, two of the Reds’ targets, and Cincinnati ultimately decided they preferred the Mariners’ four-prospect offer that included Noelvi Marte.”
Dominguez is the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect on MLB Pipeline and offers seemingly limitless upside. The 19-year-old outfielder was compared to Mike Trout and Mickey Mantle coming out of the Dominican Republic in 2019 and has plus tools across the board. His stats have not mirrored that of a budding superstar since he signed with the Yankees but he’s been a productive player at the lower levels of the minor leagues with plenty of time to take the next step.
The line seemingly was drawn at Volpe, the organization’s top prospect, while conflicting reports have come out about their willingness to separate from Peraza (No. 2 prospect). The Yankees collected a high-quality consolation prize in pitcher Frankie Montas without having to part with any of their top three prospects.