"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.