Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is reporting that the Padres have traded starting pitcher Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds for pitchers Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger, first baseman Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal.
The trade is drawing mixed reviews on the Reds' end, and rightfully so, considering the team surrendered one of its best pitchers and two of its top offensive chips. Here's B/R senior writer Cliff Eastham's take on it:
Latos for Yonder Alonso would have been a good deal; Latos for Alonso and Edinson Volquez would be too much. Having the other two (Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger) thrown in for good measure is just ridiculous.
The Reds are giving up a lot, but besides Alonso, who is blocked by Joey Votto for the foreseeable future anyway, none of those players would have been contributing to the 2012 Reds.
Let's take a look at who the Padres acquired and what their future may look like.