Maybe there is some movement in the pitching trade market afterall.
The Reds have acquired Mat Latos from the Padres. The package of prospects going to San Diego includes 24-year-old former first-round pick Yonder Alonso (who hit .330/.398/.545 in 47 big league games with the Reds last year) and big league starter Edinson Volquez (who hasn’t been able to repeat his breakout 2008 season). The Reds are also sending two other young players — Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger — who rank among their Top 10 prospects according to Baseball America.
Teams entertaining offers for good, young starters have been looking for significant hauls in return, and that doesn’t seem to be a small package given up by the Reds. They are, however, hanging onto their top two prospects.
Also in the National League: Jimmy Rollins has re-signed with the Phillies on a three-year deal with an easily vesting fourth year.