Found January 02, 2012 on MLB Trade Rumors:
Every offseason has a few trades most people didn't see coming.  Here are my picks so far: Reds acquire Mat Latos from Padres for Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal, and Brad Boxberger.  The Reds have clearly been in the hunt for a front-of-the-rotation starter since last summer, but Latos' availability was surprising.  Latos is a 24-year-old with a 3.37 career ERA and 93 mile per hour fastball, and he's under team control for four more seasons.  He's the type of pitcher even non-contending teams are usually looking to acquire.  As with the Rockies and Ubaldo Jimenez, perhaps Padres GM Josh Byrnes believed Latos was at peak value.  Or maybe he just couldn't resist a chance to acquire the team's future first baseman, catcher, and closer, an intriguing wild card in Volquez, and the depth to move Anthony Rizzo to fill another need.  Blue Jays acquire Sergio Santos from White Sox for Nestor Molina.  Most assumed the White Sox would mo...

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