Developing: Latos to Reds for Volquez, Alonso, and others.
Padres GM Josh Byrnes has made quite the splash today, trading 24 year-old starting pitcher Mat Latos to the Reds for:
Edison Volquez (RHP)
Yonder Alonso (1B)
Brad Boxberger (RHP)
Yasmani Grandal (C)
Alonso, 24, has been named a top-100 prospect in each of the past three seasons. With 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto firmly entrenched at first base, Alonso wasn’t long for Cincinnati anyway.
Grandal, 23, is a switch-hitting catcher who hit over .300 between three different levels last season.
Boxberger, 23, could compete for a bullpen spot next season, having posted a sub-1 WHIP between AA and AAA in 55 relief appearances in 2011.
And then there’s Edison Volquez, who was once traded for Josh Hamilton. Volquez had an outstanding rookie year in 2008, but has battled injuries ever since, making just 41 starts in the last three seasons. That said, he has to be a happy man, getting to transfer from one of the game’s most hitter-friendly parks to its most pitcher-friendly.
Mat Latos has put up solid numbers the last couple years, but there’s certainly no guarantee that this will continue, as he is making the opposite move of Volquez. He is under team control through 2015.
All in all, my gut reaction is that San Diego made out like bandits on this trade. Thoughts?