Padres Loot Reds System, Give Up Mat Latos

Mat Latos, that fiery blonde with the need to purchase an additional consonant, was dealt by the Padres to the Reds today in exchange for Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, and Brad Boxberger. Sadly, it means an end to sights like this:

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Perhaps Latos will make up for it by imitating the great Ted Kluszewski and start cutting off his sleeves.

It’s a trade of need for the Reds who saw their postseason hopes dashed last season as an endless stream of mid-to-back of the rotation starters could do nothing to stem the tide or runs against the club. With Yonder Alonso blocked by Joey Votto and Grandal behind Devin Mesoraco on the depth chart, the Reds could afford to give away this bounty of players.

For the Padres, they’ll hope that Petco Park will help Volquez keep his flyballs in the park, allowing him to focus on his control (5.6 BB/9 in 2011). While Alonso may not be a great fit for the Friars, not having the traditional power necessary for first base in Cincinnati’s bandbox, he’ll provide adequate protection for Anthony Rizzo should he struggle again in 2012. The real key to the deal is Grandal who hit .305/.401/.500 across three levels at the age of 22. If Grandal has an encore to that performance in AAA, he could quickly give the Padres a decision many teams wish they had to make: choosing between two offensively gifted catchers.

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