Mat Latos traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Alonso, Grandal, Volquez, Boxberger

The Cincinnati Reds have reportedly acquired righthanded starter Mat Latos from the San Diego Padres for a package of Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, Edinson Volquez, and Brad Boxberger.

Latos has posted a 2.92 and a 3.47 ERA the past two seasons with the Padres, and having turned 24 just 8 days ago, he's viewed as a future ace by some, while others see him as more of a mid-rotation guy.

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 21 SDP NL 4 5 .444 4.62 10 10 50.2 43 29 26 7 23 1 39 212 82 1.303 7.6 1.2 4.1 6.9 1.70
2010 22 SDP NL 14 10 .583 2.92 31 31 184.2 150 63 60 16 50 3 189 748 126 1.083 7.3 0.8 2.4 9.2 3.78
2011 23 SDP NL 9 14 .391 3.47 31 31 194.1 168 82 75 16 62 3 185 799 102 1.184 7.8 0.7 2.9 8.6 2.98
3 Seasons 27 29 .482 3.37 72 72 429.2 361 174 161 39 135 7 413 1759 108 1.154 7.6 0.8 2.8 8.7 3.06
162 Game Avg. 13 14 .482 3.37 34 34 203 170 82 76 18 64 3 195 831 108 1.154 7.6 0.8 2.8 8.7 3.06
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/17/2011.

Alonso, the Reds first round pick in 2008 (taken three picks before the Rangers nabbed Justin Smoak), has long been rumored to be on the block since he's a first baseman, and the Reds have Joey Votto at first base (at least for the next couple of years).

Yasmani Grandal, a catcher out of The U, was taken #12 overall in the 2010 draft by the Reds. He hit well at high-A, AA and AAA last season, just turned 23 years old, and is probably the most valuable piece the Padres got back in this deal. Keith Law had Grandal at #44 in his mid-season top 50 prospect list.

Rangers fans know who Edinson Volquez is -- former top prospect dealt to Cincy for Josh Hamilton, who had one great season that had fans crying about Jon Daniels giving up another ace, then underwent Tommy John surgery and hasn't been the same since. San Diego is a good place for him to restore some value, and the Padres are definitely buying low on Volquez, who has really struggled of late.

Brad Boxberger is a high-K, high-walk reliever who was a supplemental first round pick by Cincy in the 2009 draft. He's 23 years old, split last season between AA and AAA, and will probably end up being another one of the litany of impressive bullpen arms San Diego continues to come up with.

This is a pretty nice haul overall for the Padres, unless you believe Latos is a legit #1 starter.

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