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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.