Found December 18, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
After yesterday's trade of Mat Latos to the Reds, the general consensus among fans what that the Padres got a hell of a haul of prospects from Cincinnati. The highlights of the deal are Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal, a pair of Cubans who look ready for the majors after brief spells in the minor leagues. But here's the problem with both of them: there doesn't appear to be room for either in San Diego at this moment. Alonso is a first baseman, as experiments with him in left field have been an unmitigated disaster. In 2011, San Diego split playing time at first base between rookies Anthony Rizzo and Jesus Guzman. Guzman was the more impressive of the duo, posting an .847 OPS in 271 plate appearances to finish off the year. Rizzo was awful during his 153 plate appearance stint in the majors, with just .523 OPS. Once getting sent back down to AAA Tucson however, Rizzo exploded, with a 1.056 OPS in 413 plate appearances, and 26 home runs. A huge difference between the pe...

San Diego Padres 2012 Top Prospects #3 Anthony Rizzo

We are proud to announce The San Diego Padres Top 30 Prospects for 2012. Peter Friberg has been studying minor league and amateur baseball players for nearly 10 years and has been writing about Padres minor leaguers for approximately eight. Peter has compiled his top 30 prospects in the Padres system for 2012, we are now into the top 10, continuing with #3 Anthony Rizzo. It...

Cincinnati Reds' Off Season Snooze-Fest

After winning the National League Central Division in 2010, the Cincinnati Reds were never a factor in 2011. Pitching woes crippled the team and they could never muster a winning streak. They were below .500 in the first half, below .500 in the second half, below .500 in one-run games and woeful in interleague play. Teams in their division have been active this off season. The Cardinals...

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...

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...

Reds get Mat Latos from Padres in five-player deal

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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,...

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...

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 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.

Mat Latos Trade Opens Opportunity for Mariners

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...
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