Reds' Castillo unbothered by trade rumors: 'I put that out of my mind'

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Cincinnati Reds right-hander Luis Castillo is focusing on what he can control on the field as his name continues to be discussed in trade rumors ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline.

"I see the rumors every day, the teams that are interested in me," Castillo said Tuesday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Charlie Goldsmith.

"I put that out of my mind. I’m still trying to go out there and give it my best. I have all of the confidence in God that he’s going to give me the opportunity to play wherever we need to be. If it’s here, it’s here. I know that I can contribute in any way I can on whatever team I’m on."

The 29-year-old is likely to be one of the most attractive starting pitchers for contending teams looking to bolster their staff for a postseason run.

Castillo owns a 3-4 record with a 3.32 ERA and 9.47 K/9 across 10 starts for the Reds in 2022. He's earning $7.35 million this season and is scheduled for a final year of arbitration before reaching free agency following the 2023 campaign.

The hurler understands that trade rumors are a part of baseball and is trying to take them in stride.

"This sport is a business obviously," Castillo said. "There’s only so much I can control. I’ve got to keep a clear mind and focus on the job at hand. It’s not going to stop me from doing my job out there. Whatever happens, happens. If something happens, OK. Just roll with it."

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