Did the Reds give up too much in acquiring young hurler Mat Latos? Drawing simply from the results of the latest poll conducted by MLBtraderumors.com, the answer is yes.
Here's the question posed by the site to its readers:
Just as a refresher, the following is a recap of the package each team received for their young arm:
-Athletics trade Trevor Cahill (and Craig Breslow) to the Diamondbacks for Jarrod Parker, Collin Cowgill, and Ryan Cook.-Padres trade Mat Latos to the Reds for Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal, Yonder Alonso, and Brad Boxberger.
-Athletics trade Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals for Brad Peacock, A.J. Cole, Tom Milone, and Derek Norris.
-Mariners trade Michael Pineda (and Jose Campos) to the Yankees for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi.
And the results?
And as you can see the majority of voters (44%) chose the package the Padres received as the best of the four. Of course, there are some variables to consider here. Perhaps the deal is justified because the Reds also got the best pitcher of the four. Or perhaps time will prove that the players received by the A's and Mariners pan out better than the ones the Friars received. Only time will tell, but the general consensus is that the one assembled by the Reds looks to be the best as of now.