Saturday, December 17, 2011

Jocketty Finally Pulls Trigger on Trade

True to his words, GM Walt Jocketty did indeed complete a deal by week's end. According to multiple sources, the executive orchestrated a deal to acquire SP Mat Latos from the San Diego Padres in exchange for top hitting prospect Yonder Alonso, SP Edinson Volquez, and minor leaguers C Yasmani Grandal and RP Brad Boxberger.

Latos, 24, just completed his third big league season (all with the Padres) where he compiled a 9-14 record and 3.47 ERA in pitcher-friendly PETCO Park. Overall, the right-hander has posted a 27-29 record, 3.37 ERA, 1.154 WHIP in 72 career starts.

The 6'6", 225-pounder out of Coconut Creek, Florida is certain to assume the #2 starter role in the Reds rotation to go alongside ace Johnny Cueto.

Although he's yet to be tendered a contract for 2012 and beyond, Latos earned just $461k for his services this past year -- a relatively thrifty price for a pitcher of his caliber. The Reds will also likely have him under team control until the 2016 season, at which point in time he will be eligible for free agency.

The move by Cincy all but ends their search for starting pitching, but it took their top trade chip and a boatload of other players in doing so.

For Alonso, it means the chance to finally prove what he can do everyday on the big league level. With no clear option at first base in San Diego, the former first round pick is sure to get his shot he's been so eagerly waiting for.

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