Found December 21, 2011 on Friarhood:
  Writers love to write. No matter what, even when they haven't written in a long time they have to write eventually. And apparently they all decided to write this morning and last night on the Padres. I won't take up too much space up here because there are going to be a lot of links down there. All I will say though is it will be interesting to see what the Padres do as we close in on Christmas in the way of trades. Here are your links: Submit articles and follow me on twitter @M_Rennick   Contracts explain difference between Padres trades - Bill Center (UT) "Given the return in the Latos deal with the Cincinnati Reds, did the Padres get enough from the Boston Red Sox in the Gonzalez trade?"   Padres announce dates for FanFest and Annual Awards Dinner - "The San Diego Padres today announced Padres FanFest presented by Bloomberg will return to Petco Park on Saturday, February 11, 2012. The daylong event is free and open to the public.&...

Latos looking forward to pitching with Reds

The Reds got the type of pitcher they sought and the San Diego Padres got enough to give them Mat Latos, though the right-hander said he had thought he wouldn't be traded.The Reds picked up Latos by giving up right-hander Edinson Volquez and three of the team's top prospects, reeling in the front-line starter they were looking for and sending out a plethora of young talent...

Latos Trade: Never-Ending Cycle of Rebuilding or Building Blocks of Future Success?

What do I think of the Mat Latos trade? Well, since neither the Padres, nor the Reds asked my opinion, it really doesn’t matter… Okay, maybe I know a thing or two about minor leaguers and thus maybe my opinion isn’t entirely insignificant… You know the particulars: the Padres traded RHP, Mat Latos to the Reds for three minor league players: 1B Yonder Alonso, C Yasmani...

What's Next for the Redlegs?

The acquisition of right-hander Mat Latos on Saturday ended the team's long search for a top-of-the-rotation starter -- a piece of their roster puzzle they so desperately desired. With this pressing need now off the "to-do list", what's next for GM Walt Jocketty and the Reds moving forward? Apparently, it's bullpen help and a left fielder, and in that order...

Revised Reds 2012 Top 10 Prospects

2012 should be Mesoraco's last round on a prospect list. It's no secret that the Reds paid a hefty price tag in order to bring Mat Latos to the Queen City. In doing so they gave up three of their top 10 prospects in 1B Yonder Alonso, C Yasmani Grandal, and P Brad Boxberger. If the Reds can make a deep postseason run, it will certainly ease the pain, but in any event...

TPR take on the Gio Gonzalez deal

As we saw with the Mat Latos deal, opinions about major trades this offseason run the spectrum. Here at Hardballchat we aim to please by bringing as many different opinions to the forefront. Hudson and I will undoubtedly throw this around in episode 12 of Hardballchat Radio. In this case, we hope to get everyone involved just to show there are any number of ways to look...

HardballChat Radio: Episode 11

Another episode is in the books! In Episode 11 Scott and Hudson are joined by Dan Szymborski, of Baseball Think Factory and ESPN, and the creator of ZiPS (Szymborski Projection System). Dan talks about ZiPS, projecting foreign players, and the future of sabermetrics. The crew discusses the Mat Latos drama at hardballchat and discusses all the latest transactions. The...

One more holiday season wish

Like others during the holiday season, the children of Redleg Nation have their hopes for the New Year – and wish lists. It’s not that we’re ungrateful.  We appreciate that Uncle Walt has already delivered a wonderful holiday present, The Boy with the Baseball Tattoo.  That 6’6″ gift is wrapped with a bright Reds ribbon on top.  We wait anxiously to open it on Saturday...
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