Click on the MP3 files below to listen to the conference calls from today’s trade.

Jocketty Conference Call

Latos Conference Call

Send Alonso, Boxberger, Grandal & Volquez to San Diego

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisition of RHP Mat Latos from the San Diego Padres in exchange for IF/OF Yonder Alonso, RHP Brad Boxberger, C Yasmani Grandal and RHP Edinson Volquez.

Latos, 24, last season for the Padres went 9-14 with a 3.47 ERA in 31 starts and a career-high 194.1 innings. He ranked among the National League leaders in ERA (18th), strikeouts (14th, 185 in 194.1ip), opponents’ batting average (9th, .233) and strikeouts per 9 innings ratio (9th, 8.57). In his last 17 starts of the season, Latos posted a 2.94 ERA and held opposing righthanded batters to a .156 average, the best mark in the Major Leagues over that span.

“Mat is a big, strong young pitcher with electric stuff,” Jocketty said of the 6-6, 224-pound righthander. “We consider him to be a potential number one starter who, contractually, we have under control for four more years. To acquire a pitcher who is ready to fit into the top of a rotation, you have to give up talent.”

In 2011, Latos ranked sixth in the National League and T12th in the majors by holding righthanded batters to a .204 average. In his 31 appearances he made 20 quality starts, tied for the lead on the Padres’ staff and just 1 shy of his career high. Three times Latos was the starting pitcher when the Padres snapped what at the time were season-long losing streaks.

In 72 Major League appearances, all starts, Latos has produced a 3.37 career ERA. In 2010, he tied a Major League record by allowing 2 runs or fewer in 15 consecutive starts.

Volquez (20gs, 5-7, 5.71) and Alonso (47g, .330, 5hr, 13rbi) played for the Reds last season. Boxberger (55g, 2-4-11, 2.03) pitched at Class AAA Louisville and Class AA Carolina, while Grandal (105g, .305, 14hr, 68rbi) played at Class A Bakersfield, Carolina and Louisville. Volquez is eligible for arbitration for the second time.


I hate to see these guys go…But I trust in “the Jockety”

Alonso’s departure means they will pay Joey an MVP salary!

I hate to see that Volquez go. I believe he had some better years ahead for him.

I wouldn’t traded Alonso for him let alone the other 4 guys.

This is the dumbest move Jockety has made since being with the Reds. Never should have traded Alonso and Grandal! Latos record last year stank! Better hope he wins 20+ in 2012 for the Reds!

Reds gave up a lot. Would have been nice to get a minor leaguer too. I’ve always liked Latos so hope he will do well. I sure won’t misss Volquez! His attitude was awful. Boxberger might be the biggest loss for the Reds.

Records only indicate how good the team you are on is. His Era is very Google. That’s the real indicator. Strikeout rate is top ten.

Very good*

there must be more going on with this trade than reported. maybe some team dissention with volquez or alonso, because this is one of the most horrible trades i’ve ever seen. this is the kind of trade you MAYBE make for a young halladay, lee, sabathia, verlander type pitcher if we also get a minor league prospect; not for a pitcher that went 9-14!! there is really no justification for such stupidity on jocketty’s behalf.

Glad to see Volquez dumped…but honestly I really liked Yonder!!

Best thing we should have never done was trade Hamilton for Volquez but since that happened the best thing to do is get rid of him. Glad he is gone good luck to him but we couldn’t keep giving up 3-4-or 5 runs in the first every game remember opening day last season.

This trade is good. This says we have faith in Joey Votto and Devon Maserosco. Our needs are Pitching not 1st base. Let Walt J. do his job. Go Redlegs!

I hate to see Boxberger go, I though he was primed to be our closer. Mat Latos is a great pitcher though, don’t let that record fool you. He is on a team that cannot score runs for anything, very similar to what happened with Harrang before his injury.

Walt really surprised me with this one. I really didn’t think he would get a deal done like this.

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