To land a potential No. 1 starter – one who is 24 years old, a year away from arbitration and four years away from free agency — it takes just slightly more than a few warm bodies.
Kudos to Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, who dealt from surplus and saved a few million in 2012 by acquiring Latos on Saturday for right-hander Edinson Volquez, first baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Yasmani Grandal and right-hander Brad Boxberger.
And kudos to Padres GM Josh Byrnes, who obtained three potential long-term solutions and a Petco Park reclamation project in Volquez while positioning himself to move first baseman Anthony Rizzo in a separate deal.
Byrnes was not going to trade Latos unless he received a monster package. He got one, but how much exactly will the Reds suffer?