Reds land Latos in five-player deal with Padres
Volquez, Alonso and other top prospects sent to San Diego
The Reds finally got the top-of-the-rotation arm they had been searching for on Saturday, acquiring right-hander Mat Latos from the Padres in exchange for right-hander Edinson Volquez and three of the club's top prospects."Our offseason objective was to try to upgrade our rotation and add a top-of-the-rotation starter, and Mat Latos, of the potential players available, he's still young at  and he's a power pitcher we think will pitch well in our park," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said on a conference call with reporters. "He's definitely a top-of-the rotation guy who will slot in well behind [Johnny] Cueto and, in time, will develop into a No. 1 starter." In order to acquire a young starter with the potential of Latos, who went 9-14 with a 3.47 ERA and help opponents to a .233 batting average for the Padres last season, the Reds gave up four young players with similar upside. Along with Volquez, the Reds also sent infielder Yonder Alonso, right-hander Brad Boxberger and catcher Yasmani Grandal to San Diego. Although the Reds parted with three of the club's top six prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, Jocketty said various factors went into making the deal, which he said was discussed for two weeks. While the 24-year-old Alonso, who was ranked as the club's No. 2 prospect, is seen as an impact bat, he was blocked at first base by 2010 National League Most Valuable Player Joey Votto. Likewise, Grandal, a 23-year-old, switch-hitting catcher, was blocked by incumbent Ryan Hanigan and the club's No. 1 prospect, fellow catcher Devin Mesoraco.
Alonso found about the trade shortly after arriving in Spain for a vacation.
"I was kind of excited and shocked at the same time," Alonso said. "It's all good, but it's all bad also. Cincinnati drafted me, gave me a chance and I went to the big leagues with them."
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. MLB.com reporter Mark Sheldon contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.