PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 06: Starting pitcher Mat Latos #55 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Stadium on March 6, 2012 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Latos is now Cincinnati's to deal with
"Basically, to sum it all up, I was told (by the Padres) that what they got for me was worth the trade. So I took that as me not being worth that much to San Diego. Just the way I took it, that’s all."
Not being worth that much??! The Padres got 4 players with high potential for Latos. John Sickels says that the Padres tore the heart out of the Reds' system in that trade for crying out loud. Not only that, but 81% of the media thought the Padres got more value out of the deal. Obviously both teams placed a lot of value on Latos. Strange comment from him, considering the Padres got quite a haul. If anything that's kind of insulting to the players the Padres got in return.
"Every bit of it’s been better for me, being with a team that wants me," said Latos. "No disrespect to San Diego. I love the people there. It took a while to deal with (the trade) at first. But I’m not angry about it."
Honestly I think this is just a case of Josh Byrnes valuing and weighing risks differently than Jed Hoyer. He may have been more concerned with Latos' sophomore slump, maturity issues or his risk of injury. Latos is right and this trade will benefit him, because the Reds showed they really wanted him by giving up the players that they did.
"Nobody called me," said Latos. "I didn’t get a call from Byrnes, didn’t get a call from (manager) Bud Black, didn’t get a call from (club CEO) Jeff Moorad or (club President) Tom Garfinkel or anybody. When I finally called Byrnes, the conversation lasted for all of about 15 seconds. I didn’t get a call from any teammates. The only person I communicated with was a text with Cameron Maybin. But that was it. I saw Will Venable at an Aztec game and we talked a couple minutes.
In the article Byrnes says he tried to call Latos but was unable to reach him. I'm not sure how it works in the Major Leagues, maybe its pretty normal not to have the owner, manager and top execs call you when you're traded. I do think it's telling that none of his teammates called him. There always seemed to be some friction between Latos and some other members of the team. Didn't the big brother type relationship between Latos and Heath Bell seem fake and forced? Then there were the few times where Nick Hundley was shown in the dugout lecturing him, even going so far as to grab him by the face to get his attention. Cam Maybin seemed like a good friend though.
"What got me about the whole thing it was, I’d just gone to the Padres' holiday dinner something like four nights before the trade. (The Padres) were talking about how excited they were about 2012 with me, excited about the future with me. To hear that and be traded so soon after, then to hear that what the Padres got was worth more than me?"
Again it was a 4-for-1 trade. That speaks to Latos' value. Maybe the deal came together at the last minute or maybe people just like to drink and brown nose at holiday parties, probably a little bit of both. Also some people are two faced.
As it has been said before I think this trade benefits both Latos and the Padres, but I'm sure that being traded does come with a feeling of rejection at least at first. I'm confident that he'll have success in Cincinnati.