Score one for the Reds?
Sometimes it takes a few years to determine which team, if any, got the better deal in a trade. And sometimes it takes less.
In the case of the big 4-for-1 trade the Reds made with the Padres on December 17, 2011, to get RHP Mat Latos, the Reds have to be pretty happy with the outcome thus far. That became more clear on Saturday when San Diego designated RHP Edinson Volquez for assignment.
Here’s a look at what the players in the deal have done since:
RHP Edinson Volquez: 20-21, 4.96 ERA, 59 starts
C Yasmani Grandal: .271/.380/.429 in 88 games with 9 HR, 45 RBIs. Currently out 9-12 months after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He also served a 50-game suspension because of a positive test for PEDs.
1B Yonder Alonso: .279/.348/.388 in 244 games with 15 HRs, 101 RBIs
RHP Brad Boxberger: 2.79 ERA in 31 relief appearances…including only seven games in 2013.
RHP Mat Latos: 27-8, 3.24 ERA in 59 starts. Pitched 209 1/3 innings last season and 169 innings in 2013. On pace for over 200 innings and his first 200-strikeout season.
Alonso isn’t hitting for the power that was expected of him yet, and it’s a tougher task even with the fences brought in at spacious Petco Park. He could still have a very good career ahead of him. But right now with Latos on their side, this deal appears to be a win for the Reds.