Found December 17, 2011 on U.S.S. Mariner:
Back in June, I wrote a piece suggesting that the Mariners should trade Michael Pineda to Cincinnati for a package of players built around first baseman Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal. Well, today, the Reds made the deal I suggested for perhaps the most similar pitcher in the sport (in terms of results) to Pineda, landing RHP Mat Latos from San Diego in exchange for those two and a couple of good arms in Edinson Volquez (another favorite of mine) and Brad Boxberger. Overall, I’d say this package is slightly better than the one I suggested, as swapping in Volquez and Boxberger in exchange for Todd Frazier and Travis Wood provides a bit more upside for San Diego. While we can’t know if the Reds would have surrendered this exact same package of talent for Pineda, it seems likely that the M’s could have flipped him for something close this level of value. Pineda’s track record isn’t as long as Latos’, but he comes with an extra year of team control at the league minimum,...

Comparing Michael Pineda and Mat Latos

The San Diego Padres made a drastic change to the face of their team over the weekend by trading troubled but talented 24-year-old right-hander Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds for a package of prospects that they hope will help their team -- specifically the light-hitting offense -- in the future. Should the Mariners go the same route with their young right-hander, Michael Pineda?

Meet Mat Latos

Photo by Joseph Fuqua II, Cincinnati Enquirer Redleg Nation, meet Mathew Adam Latos. Basic Bio Mat Latos turned 24 on December 9.  He is a big-framed (6’6″, 225 lbs) right-handed pitcher, born in Alexandria, Virginia and played baseball at Coconut Creek High School in Florida.  He bats right-handed and notably, has nearly every inch of his upper body inked, including this...

Reds get Mat Latos from Padres in five-player deal

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Putting the Latos Trade in Perspective

by: Will Hicks Staff Writer/Contributor I was anticipating a pretty boring day today. I was going to clean and pack my apartment as I prepare to move and watch the UofL basketball game. As part of my morning routine I checked Twitter just to see what was going on. As I read Yonder Alonso’s tweet "Time to close this book and begin another....sad but happy at the same...

Steal of the Offseason: Latos Traded to Cincinnati

The San Diego Padres are an incomplete team.  They’ve lost Heath Bell, Mike Adams and Adrian Gonzalez all within the last year and lack the start power to remain anything but an after-thought in an already weak NL West.  Their General Manager left the first chance he had for Chicago, and their minor league system wasn’t blossoming with young talent in the same way that other...

Reds part with 1B Alonso, RHP Boxberger, C Grandal

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The price tag for Mat Latos was daunting. The Cincinnati Reds were willing to pay it.

Padres Get Short- And Long-Term Help For Latos

The Reds and Padres swung a mini-blockbuster today, with Mat Latos heading to Cincinnati in exchange for four players: first baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and right-handers Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger. Volquez has been around a while, and Baseball America recently ranking Alonso, Grandal, and Boxberger as the Reds third, fourth, and tenth best prospects,...

Reds acquire RHP Latos from Padres (AP)

The Reds have acquired right-handed starter Mat Latos from San Diego for a package of four players, including infielder Yonder Alonso and right-handed starter Edinson Volquez. Cincinnati wanted a front-of-the-rotation starter heading into free agency. The 23-year-old Latos went 9-14 with a 3.47 ERA for the Padres last season, finishing among the NL leaders in ERA and strikeouts.

Padres Trade Mat Latos to the Reds

Ken Rosenthal of is reporting via twitter that Mat Latos has been traded the Cincinnati Reds for prospects.  Details coming.

Dusty Gets A New Arm To Wear Down

On this dreary snoozy December day, Walt Jocketty got his wish and made a splash for the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason. In return for four years of Mat Latos, the Reds sent the San Diego Padres Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger. This seems like one of those rare trades where it makes sense from both sides. For the Reds, four years of control...

Reds Acquire Mat Latos from Padres for Yonder Alonso & Edinson Volquez

The Reds traded Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez, and former 1st round picks Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger for Mat Latos this afternoon. Can you tell we’re less than thrilled? There are two ways to look at this trade. One is that basically in return for Josh Hamilton, we have now just Latos to show for it. We also threw in Yonder Alonso and two promising first round prospects...
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