As you no doubt have heard by now, the Padres traded Mat Latos to the Reds on Saturday for a four-player package. Doug Gray of RedsMinorLeagues.com was kind enough to answer a few questions from the Reds’ perspective.
What was your first reaction to hearing the final trade package?
My first reaction was a little different from my overall reaction, but at the end of the day I liked the deal for the Reds. My first reaction was that I am a huge fan of Latos, but that was a decent chunk of talent. My final reaction was similar. I think that both teams did well.
If another team were to have traded all of those pieces, I would say that they made a mistake even though Latos is a borderline ace-caliber pitcher today. But the Reds have the depth to make up for the guys they moved with their first base, catcher and left field options. Assuming that Latos can stay healthy and perform similar to what everyone thinks he is capable of, I think both teams can look back at this trade in 5-6 years and be very happy with it.
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