Mat Latos trade is 81% Fresh

Almost everyone agrees that the Padres got the better end of this deal, but the move helped both clubs.

Apologies to RottenTomatoes.com

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Here's what the media and bloggers think of the trade:

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Quick Thoughts on Latos to the Reds - Beyond the Box Score
Overall, I think this is a great move for both clubs--both were able to fill a big need with a young, club-controlled player. Alonso is a big chip, but if you are going to use it getting a young anchor for your rotation isn't too shabby.

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Twitter / @tomkrasovic
American League scout tells me: #Padres just killed #Reds in that deal. We shall see. Usually, Padres fare well when trading MLB pitchers

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Mat Latos Padres/Reds Trade Reaction with Jeff Erickson
The trade marriage was perfect and now Latos is the man upon whom the Reds will pin their hopes, while Byrnes quietly racks up a huge haul and takes it to the cashier’s window.

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Twitter / @Mudcat55
Balsley+Volquez=WINNER

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Padres trade Latos to Reds in multi-player deal - MLB - Tim Brown -Yahoo! Sports
While Latos should give the Reds immediate help, the Padres appear to have gotten the better end of the deal

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Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS
baseball people checking in. so far all agree padres gm josh byrnes made great deal for latos.

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Twitter / @aaronboone_espn
@1st glance looks like Padres did really well. Reds banking on Latos being an ace.

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Twitter / @Buster_ESPN
First instinct on Latos deal: No way SD trades him if they thought he was really good. Acute fly ball pitcher, high emotions headed to CIN.

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Twitter / @Buster_ESPN
First rival evaluator I spoke with LOVES the trade for the Padres: "San Diego made an absolute killing with that deal."

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Twitter / @Buster_ESPN
E-mail from second rival evaluator (and don't kill the messenger): "Overall big win for Padres and huge gamble for Reds."

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Twitter / @Buster_ESPN
Observation of third rival evaluator: "The only way I'm making that trade for Latos is if he has [perfect] mound makeup. And he doesn't."

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Reds Unload for Mat Latos " MLB Dirt
The Padres really got a nice haul for Latos and I love the deal for them. They picked up some good young players that fit nicely for their team. For the Reds, they are looking good to make a run at the NL Central.

Rotten_mediumTwitter / @sdutSullivan
On first blush, I don't like the Padres giving up on Mat Latos, but I know he was exasperating.

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Prospects in the Mat Latos Trade - Minor League Ball
The Padres add depth to an already-strong farm system, and all three prospects involved are either ready (Alonso) or almost ready (Boxberger, Grandal) to contribute. If these three guys develop to their maximum potential, the Padres will get the better of this trade in the long run.

Rotten_mediumTwitter / @sdutCanepa
The Padres big box office attraction next season will be Randy Jones Barbecue.

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Twitter / @dereknbcsd
Josh Byrnes, welcome to the party! Trades Mat Latos to the Reds for Edinson Volquez and 3 of Cincy's top 10 prospects. Huge steal!!

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Twitter / @JimBowdenESPNxm
The most lopsided trade I've witnessed in recent memory as the Padres swindle the Reds in the 5-player trade that lands Mat Latos in Cinci

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Mat Latos traded to Reds for four players - Call to the Pen
The Padres did receive more value in this trade, but the Reds really needed a starter and only had use for Grandal and Boxberger out of the four players who they traded.

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Twitter / @PadresProspects
#Padres struck while the iron is hot. Received the best haul of any trade this offseason. They need as much talent as possible.

Rotten_mediumOMG Mat Latos - Red Reporter
What they gave up: Grandal is a nice talent to give up, but the rest were in my opinion fairly marginal prospects. Boxberger's a relief pitcher, so whatever. Volquez is now someone else's problem, and Alonso is a low defense, low/moderate power 1B. Obviously the Padres (and a lot of other people) disagree with me, or they wouldn't have given up Latos.

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Padres Get Short And Long-Term Help For Latos | FanGraphs Baseball
Byrnes managed to get a nice combination of short-term production and long-term value by trading Latos, and he should be applauded for being open-minded enough to take an upgrade over Rizzo if it meant getting the most talent possible.

Rotten_mediumMLB - Mat Latos is a good addition for Cincinnati Reds - Keith Law - ESPN
The Cincinnati Reds give up a lot of future value, but nearly all of it surplus value for their own club, in exchange for a legitimate front-of-the-rotation starter. The San Diego Padres swap quality for quantity in a building move that helps them but doesn't entirely add up for me.

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Cincinnati Reds made shrewd move in Matt Latos MLB trade -Ken Rosenthal | FOX Sports on MSN
Good trade for the Pads. Good trade for the Reds.

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Twitter / @jonmorosi
#Padres made an excellent trade.

Rotten_mediumTwitter / @friarhood
losing four years of a #1 starter for a couple average hitters is winning?

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Twitter / @ScottMCBSSports
Early react to Padres/Reds: SD got great haul in Alonso and 3 others. Latos had ongoing maturity issues. Signs they always will be there.

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