On Friday, it was reported that Gio Gonzalez, Mat Latos and Jair Jurrjens were among the pitchers on the Reds’ wish list. Less than 24 hours later, the Reds turned their wish list into reality when they sent Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal, and Brad Boxberger to San Diego for Latos. The Padres have been willing to listen on deals for Latos this winter and according to GM Josh Byrnes, the Reds' offer was selected over three others that were similarly built.
It seems that several baseball executives were quick to declare the Padres the winners of the deal as they received a great mix of young talent in return for their 24-year-old ace. It's also worth noting that while Latos' upside is undeniable, some in the Pads organization had concerns about the hurler's maturity. However, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports pointed out, acquiring a potential No. 1 starter who is four years away from free agency will always cost a great deal.
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