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?