Mat Latos headed to the Cincinnati Reds this weekend, and ripples will be felt for the next fortnight through the MLB trade market. To land Latos, the Reds sent the San Diego Padres Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez and prospects Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger. That sent the going rate for top-pitching talent skyrocketing, and somewhere, Billy Beane and Gio Gonzalez smiled.
Beane means to trade Gonzalez, as the Oakland Athletics look to get younger and cheaper, and build toward a season far down the road. His leverage on that deal just got better. Though the Reds were one potential landing spot for Gonzalez, the loss of that destination is outweighed by the message the trade sends to the rest of the league.
Gonzalez is nearly as good as Latos, and under control for as long. The amount the Padres extracted from frustrated Reds GM Walt Jocketty, raises the market value of pitchers like Gonzalez and Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza. It also loosens the sediment enough to get some serious rocks rolling downhill during this Hot Stove season.
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