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OAKLAND — Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo doesn’t hold a grudge, and insists he isn’t angry at anyone, but, oh, does he remember.
Here he is, one of the finest young starting pitchers in the National League with an uncanny 1.62 ERA since last September, but inexplicably has been traded four times in his career.
There won’t be a fifth.
The blunders have allowed Castillo to fall right into the Reds’ lap, and they aren’t about to let him go.
“He’s the kind of pitcher,’’ Reds vice president Dick Williams says, “that you build your team around.’’
And the kind of pitcher that has made three franchises cringe with their decisions to ever let him go.
Castillo, who’s from Bani, Dominican Republic, was originally signed by the San Francisco Giants in 2011. Nearly three years to the day, they made the monumental blunder of sending him to the Miami Marlins for 32-year-old…