Mat Latos is a very good pitcher, last season he went 9-14 with an ERA of 3.47 and a WHIP of 1.19.  He was a strong pitcher on a bad team.  The Reds needed pitching and really bad, they decided that Latos would be a superstar on their team.  So they gave up an absolute ransom for Latos. Including three solid prospects in Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, and Brad Boxberger.  One of the centerpieces of the trade was Edinson Volquez who was also part of the deal.

Ever since Volquez had surgery back in 2010 he has never gotten back into his All Star selection form.  The Reds used him as essentially a throw in on this deal.  Alonzo was the real crux of the deal.  He is going to be  their first baseman for the next 5 – 7 years.  Grandal was another head scratcher as to why he is in the deal.  He’s a solid hitter with some pop and even some speed who also will be in that lineup for years to come.

Boxberger, who’s agent I met on the flight back from Atlanta, is also a very good reliever who will start in AAA this year and should even get a shot out of spring training this upcoming season.  Personally I think that Reds got fleeced and I don’t think it was even close.  Reds gave up a group of possible All Stars for maybe one All Star.

Latos’s cards run from 10-25 bucks, Grandal’s 8-10 bucks, Alonzo’s are $17-25, Boxberger’s for about $2 and finally Volquez cards run about $10.  Expect the new Padres cards to go up and I don’t know what to expect with Latos or Volquez.

What are your thoughts?

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6 responses »

  1. Paul says:

    I think it will be a few years before we’ll be able to tell who got the better of the deal. If Latos helps the Reds get to the playoffs in the next couple of years (and they don’t get wiped out in the first round), the trade will have accomplished what they hoped for,

    If a couple of the players that San Diego got turn into productive regulars, they did well. But none of them (including Volquez) really qualify as proven talent at this point in their careers.

  2. Jason Martin says:

    I 100% agree. I think the Reds would have been better to trade Votto (from a business standpoint) and get a couple younger pitchers and then if Mez doesn’t (for some reason) pan out, they have insurance.

    But, from a fan’s standpoint, trading Votto would be a tragedy because he is relatively inexpensive and still somewhat young.

    Being a Pirates fan who attends 10-20 games a year at PNC Park, I was really hoping to get to see these guys come up as Reds and see them play a few times a year at least.

    San Diego got an absolute bargain and just imagine if Volquez regains his stuff in 2012.

    Right now the Padres look like thieves. By the end of 2012, they’ll look like geniuses.

  3. James says:

    We gave up the store for him. Yes, he will help, but we needed to keep Volquez. Oh well, I can only hope that the wizards of smart know what they are doing.

  4. chuckneo says:

    I agree – we gave up too much. It just seems like giving up the prospects really hurts the farm system and could come back to hurt the Reds in 3-5 years.

    Oh, and my thoughts on the Volquez part: That Josh Hamilton trade sure didn’t work out…

  5. hiflew says:

    I think the Reds made a good deal. Sure they may have given up “too much,” but they dealt from strength. As good a prospect as Grandal is, most would agree that Devin Mesoraco is a superior catching prospect. Alonso was stuck behind 2010 MVP Joey Votto. Boxberger has a closer’s ceiling, but closers are a lot easier to come by than aces. So, in effect, the Reds traded a relief prospect, two guys that were blocked, and Volquez for Latos. The major question in this deal is, is Latos an ace or just a decent pitcher that benefited from Petco? I do think the Reds are better off with Latos in their rotation instead of Volquez, so it might work out well in the weakened NL Central.

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