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The Mat Latos trade was a shot that is still being heard today. I realize how good Latos is and I still like to remind folks that he was pitching in a place, Petco Park, that could be called "pitcher's paradise".
When you look at what was given up for Latos you must just shake your head with amazement. For starters, you can look at Yonder Alonso, the No. 1 draft pick who really hasn't had an opportunity with the parent club.
His offensive potential is immense, and if he can be placed at first base will, in my opinion, become an All-Star caliber player within two years.
Yasmani Grandal, yet another No. 1 draft pick, was rated as one of the best catching prospects out there. He was considered to be below Devin Mesoraco in the Reds' pecking order. He could be playing for the Padres this season.
Edinson Volquez, the man the Reds traded MVP Josh Hamilton for, was also in the package. The All-Star pitcher had many problems last year, but if he can clear his head, he has the potential to be a solid starting pitcher.
Throw in first round draft pick Brad Boxberger and you have a deal that is underwater in my humble opinion. Let us summarize, the Reds gave up an MVP (once removed), and three No. 1 draft picks, two of which will be starting within two to three years, for what? A pitcher with a career record of 27-29 and an ERA+ of 108.
To give up the quality of players the Reds sacrificed for Latos still staggers me. In my thinking, he would have to produce an ERA under three and win 14 or more to even say it was a decent deal.
This deal only gets five stars from me.