The Reds pulled the trigger on a major trade today when they landed Mat Latos from the San Diego Padres. Latos is still young (he just turned 24) and he’s struck out almost a batter an inning over his two years plus career. This kid also doesn’t walk manner batters and while I’d normally be worried about pulling a pitcher from San Diego because it’s such a pitcher’s park, Latos has the arm to pitch anywhere. His ERA on the road is higher but it’s still just 3.57. He’s death to right handed hitters with just a .208 batting average against in his career.
Of course he came with a steep price tag. Edinson Volquez was the headliner but the Reds also parted ways with Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger and Yasmani Grandal. Those were all in the Reds top ten prospects although Alonso and Grandal were both effectively blocked.
Of course time will tell. Most everyone is saying we gave up too much but we landed a legit starting pitcher. Who knows what those prospects will do. It does thin us out a bit though so we have to make sure everyone is healthy throughout the year.