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Reds | Mat Latos trade update

Updating a previous report, the Cincinnati Reds have acquired SP Mat Latos from the San Diego Padres for SP Edinson Volquez, P Brad Boxberger, OF Yonder Alonso and C Yasmani Grandal.

Fantasy Tip: Latos' skills are still worth buying, but without the comforts of pitching in PETCO Park, he loses a little bit of luster. At least he has a competent offense backing him now. He's closer to a No. 2 mixed starting pitcher than a fantasy ace, but he could fly as one and not yield a big drop-off. Volquez's move to San Diego makes it more attractive to take a chance on his shaky control straightening out to match his enticing dominance, which would make him a valuable backend mixed SP. Alonso, meanwhile, has a clearer path for playing time but still might have to worry about Anthony Rizzo. Depending on San Diego's plan, Alonso warrants a mixed flier and a more confident NL-only buy, even in his less helpful environment. Grandal's attractive keeper stock probably won't reach the bigs for at least another season. Boxberger profiles as a future closer and is worth monitoring.

2011-12-17 10:48:01 | Source: FOXSports.com - Jon Paul Morosi

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