SEATTLE: Starting pitcher Mat Latos #38 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Padres 3-1. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Reds Trade Edinson Volquez, Three Young Players To Padres For Mat Latos

Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds acquired young starting pitcher Mat Latos, sending Edinson Volquez and three young players to the San Diego Padres.

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Did The Reds Use Their Trade Chips Wisely?

The Reds traded a huge chunk of their organizational depth to get Mat Latos. Was that the best way they could have cashed in?

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A Mat Latos Primer For NL Central Fans

Root for a team in the NL Central? Here's a quick guide to your new least favorite player, Mat Latos.

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The Tampa Bay Rays And San Diego Padres Should Already Be Talking Trade

The San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays match up as potential trade partners better than any team in recent memory. Will they swing a deal?

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BASEBALL PROSPECTUS: Fisking Reds/Padres Trade

Typically, Baseball Prospectus absolutely kills transaction analyses … and R.J. Anderson’s take on the big Reds-Padres is no exception. His big finish on San Diego’s side of the equation:

If nothing else, the Padres’ farm system—which already featured nine four-star prospects—just added some additional talent. Things might not be pretty for the major league team in 2012, but San Diego could come to mean “loaded” in German from 2013 onward.

As always, we might be too bullish on the young team’s short-term prospects. The Padres won’t be good in 2012 and they probably won’t be real good in 2013, either. But they are loaded with young talent and, considering their competition, I do expect San Diego to be in the thick of the pennant race in 2014 or ‘15. Which might seem like a long ways off if you’re a fan, but otherwise will pass in the snap of your fingers.

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MINOR LEAGUE BALL: Padres Get Impressive Haul When Trading Matt Latos

Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds traded starting pitcher Edinson Volquez and three young players — first baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and pitcher Brad Boxberger — to the San Diego Padres for starting pitcher Mat Latos.

Minor League Ball’s John Sickels offers scoring reports on the trio of prospects; his big finish:

This seems like a trade that will help both teams, although in different ways. The Reds didn’t have room for Alonso and they like Mesoraco slightly better than Grandal. They took two blocked players and a pair of surplus arms and turned it into an established starter in Latos. The Padres add depth to an already-strong farm system, and all three prospects involved are either ready (Alonso) or almost ready (Boxberger, Grandal) to contribute. If these three guys develop to their maximum potential, the Padres will get the better of this trade in the long run.

John’s a nice guy, and perhaps tending toward charitability here. Latos is a fine pitcher, but everyone seems to be highly impressed with the talent the Padres received in this deal.

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What Trade By Yonder Alonso Breaks? Reds Slugger, Others To Padres For Mat Latos

The Reds had no room for Yonder Alonso, since he can't really play anything but first base. Saturday, they turned him into a useful starting pitcher.

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