Los Angeles Times

Castillo traded to Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners acquired the top starting pitcher on the trade market Friday night, getting All-Star Luis Castillo from the payroll-paring Cincinnati Reds for four minor league prospects.

Cincinnati obtained infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, and right-handers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore. Marte was the Mariners’ top-rated prospect, Arroyo was third and Stoudt fifth.

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Major League Baseball told a Senate committee the sport’s antitrust exemption prevents teams from moving without approval and allows the sport to maintain the minor leagues at a wide level. MLB’s explanatio­n from Comissione­r Rob Manfred was in respond to an inquiry from Senate leaders . ... The Kansas City Royals activated All-Star catcher Salvador Perez from the injured list a month after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

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