The San Diego Padres are in reconstruction mode.
24 year old right hander Mat Latos was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for: 1st baseman Yonder Alonso, right hander Edinson Volquez, and two well-regarded prospects, catcher Yasmani Grandal and right-hander Brad Boxberger.
Mat Latos is on his way to play for the Cincinnati Reds
It is the biggest trade by any team this off-season so far and is a huge deal for new Padres general manager Josh Byrnes. The Oakland A’s, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays also are shopping high-end pitching this off-season.
The Reds gave up A LOT for Latos .He has the tools to be an ace, as evidenced by his 14 wins and 2.92 ERA for the Padres in 2010, when he was just 22. He had somewhat of a down year in 2011 with a 9-14 record, downturns in WHIP, strikeouts and walks.He also gained a reputation for occasional immature outbursts, which appeared not to bother Reds GM Walt Jocketty, who needed more pitching for the hitter friendly Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Jocketty cited Latos’ “97-mph fastball”, ability to pitch deep into games (he averaged 6 1/3 innings per start), and strikeout the reasons he parted with four of his players.
Yonder Alonso probably wouldn’t have seen a lot of playing time at the major league level due to the Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Grandal by Devin Mesoraco, a first-round draft pick four years ago who reached the majors last summer. Alonso now becomes the Padres first basemen. So sending him away wasn’t that bad of a move.
Prospect Yasmani Grandal is a switch-hitting catcher who is close to big-league ready and Boxberger has been a starter and reliever and projects for some as a closer.
The Padres added three young players with great potential. Three of the players the Padres acquired: Alonso, Grandal and Boxberger were first-round picks for the Reds. Along with Volquez, now three years removed from his 17-win season and a bit of a mystery, this blockbuster trade seems to have left both teams satisfied.