All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo will begin his tenure with the Seattle Mariners against the New York Yankees

HOUSTON — All-Star Luis Castillo will make his debut for the Seattle Mariners when he starts against the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

The Mariners acquired the right-hander from Cincinnati on Friday, hoping to bolster their rotation as they seek their first playoff berth since 2001. Their postseason drought is the longest in North America’s top four professional sports.

At 55-48, Seattle trails Houston by 12 games in the AL West standings but ranks second for one of three wild-card spots in the playoffs. Manager Scott Servais said Sunday that Castillo will start the series finale in New York.

Perhaps the best starter in this year’s trade market, Castillo joins a rotation featuring Logan Gilbert, Robbie Ray, Marco Gonzales and Chris Flexen.

Castillo’s last start for the Reds was Wednesday. The 29-year-old went 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA for last place in Cincinnati this season. He has 90 strikeouts and just 28 walks in 85 innings.

His strong showing comes a year after he posted a career-worst 8-16 record, in which his losses were the highest in the NL, and posted a 3.98 ERA.

The Reds acquired infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo and right-handers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore in the trade. Marte was the Mariners’ top prospect, with Arroyo third and Stoudt fifth.

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