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redsmetz
01-27-2012, 06:37 AM
I came across an article in the San Diego Tribune on Yonder Alonso. The Padres had voluntary workouts for newly acquired players, so he was in town for that. Interesting read and I thought I'd start a thread where we can put this type of article.

I said elsewhere that I fully expect a number of these players we've traded to succeed and help their clubs over the long term. I'd still make the trades and don't anticipate many, if any, regrets.

I'm sure in the coming couple of months, we'll see more stories like this one, so feel free to link them here. It should be a fascinating read and discussion.

Here's this story (with a bit of a lame headline): "Yonder isn't as important as hits to Alonso":

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jan/26/yonder-isnt-important-hits-alonso/

redsmetz
02-15-2012, 06:25 AM
I came across this analysis on MLB's site, a breakdown of the Padres this off-season covering, of course, the four players the Reds sent in the Latos trade:

http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120208&content_id=26610800&vkey=news_sd&c_id=sd

redsmetz
02-15-2012, 06:28 AM
Here's the Cubs rundown. Interesting that both Wood & Sappelt made their debuts against Chicago.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120208&content_id=26610986&vkey=news_chc&c_id=chc

I(heart)Freel
02-15-2012, 08:56 AM
Not sure if everyone saw MLB's edition of Clubhouse Confidemtial earlier this week featuring Walt talking a little bit more about the moves.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20093969&topic_id=7417714

Three things jump out to me. One, Latos was among a few young upside SPs they targeted at the beginning of the offseason. Glad the organization was that proactive instead of letting the trades come to them. Two, Coco dragging his feet really helped the Reds get Madson. (Whew.) And three, Walt doesn't envision the club in a "Votto window." Says they're thinking he'll either sign long term or the Reds will have the players and resources to survive his departure.

redsmetz
02-15-2012, 04:57 PM
Not sure if everyone saw MLB's edition of Clubhouse Confidemtial earlier this week featuring Walt talking a little bit more about the moves.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20093969&topic_id=7417714

Three things jump out to me. One, Latos was among a few young upside SPs they targeted at the beginning of the offseason. Glad the organization was that proactive instead of letting the trades come to them. Two, Coco dragging his feet really helped the Reds get Madson. (Whew.) And three, Walt doesn't envision the club in a "Votto window." Says they're thinking he'll either sign long term or the Reds will have the players and resources to survive his departure.

Thanks for sharing that - good story.

redsmetz
02-22-2012, 02:56 PM
I know I titled the thread "trades," but thought I'd include some stories on some of our free agents who left. Here's a Toronto Sun story on Cordero with the Blue Jays:

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/06/cordero-happy-to-be-jays-setup-man

Plus Plus
02-23-2012, 12:40 PM
I know I titled the thread "trades," but thought I'd include some stories on some of our free agents who left. Here's a Toronto Sun story on Cordero with the Blue Jays:

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/06/cordero-happy-to-be-jays-setup-man

Also, I read on twitter (this was on my phone yesterday, so I don't have the link) that the Jays are planning on using Cordero only in "clean innings" as a setup man. Kind of an interesting strategy, but one that might make sense for a former closer.

redsmetz
03-01-2012, 04:49 PM
Here's a story out of the S.D. Tribune on Volquez looking for a fresh start

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/feb/28/volquez-welcomes-fresh-start-padre/

Vottomatic
03-01-2012, 06:10 PM
Not sure if everyone saw MLB's edition of Clubhouse Confidemtial earlier this week featuring Walt talking a little bit more about the moves.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20093969&topic_id=7417714

Three things jump out to me. One, Latos was among a few young upside SPs they targeted at the beginning of the offseason. Glad the organization was that proactive instead of letting the trades come to them. Two, Coco dragging his feet really helped the Reds get Madson. (Whew.) And three, Walt doesn't envision the club in a "Votto window." Says they're thinking he'll either sign long term or the Reds will have the players and resources to survive his departure.

Pretty simple, really. Either he signs or he doesn't and you hope you have a quality replacement ready to help you move on.

redsmetz
03-02-2012, 06:40 AM
Here's a short snippet on the Cubs acquiring Travis Wood (among a list of moves they mid in the off-season).

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1056540-chicago-cubs-travis-wood-and-the-5-best-offseason-acquisitions/page/6

redsmetz
03-06-2012, 10:27 AM
I hope folks don't mind me keeping this thread updated. It's been an extraordinary off-season & personally I'm intrigued to see how those we traded do. Here's a nice piece on Alonso again from the San Diego Union Tribune.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/04/alonso-made-most-opportunities-us/

redsmetz
03-06-2012, 10:29 AM
Here's a piece on the San Diego Hurricanes - five players in camp who played at the University of Miami (including Yonder & Yasmani) - surprisingly three of them are catchers.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/05/padres-hurricanes-keep-bond-strong-alm-mater/

redsmetz
03-06-2012, 10:35 AM
Here's a piece on Grandal from a few days ago:

http://www.nctimes.com/sports/baseball/professional/mlb/padres/padres-grandal-slow-afoot-but-catching-on-fast/article_1318112a-d42a-5181-b561-ce6f765b824f.html

redsmetz
03-06-2012, 10:37 AM
Here's another piece on Volquez

http://www.nctimes.com/sports/baseball/professional/mlb/padres/padres-club-hopes-healthy-volquez-can-fill-latos-spot-atop/article_00a7d988-882d-5fe1-a2cc-b7594baa13c1.html

redsmetz
03-06-2012, 10:41 AM
Here's one on Dave Sappelt

http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2012/03/spring-training-surprise-candidate-dave-sappelt/

redsmetz
03-06-2012, 10:44 AM
Who knew Matt Maloney & Jared Burton are both guitar players too?

http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/140069113.html

redsmetz
03-08-2012, 06:44 AM
Here's a piece on Cordero in the Blue Jays camp

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/03/05/jays-francisco-cordero-says-hes-still-a-closer-just-one-inning-earlier/

nate
03-08-2012, 10:51 AM
I am a closer, Cordero said Sunday after working a scoreless inning in his first exhibition game as a Blue Jay. Ive just got to close the eighth inning.

Ive got to do a good job in the eighth inning so Sergio can do his job in the ninth. I think everyone in the bullpen is a closer because youve got to get the seventh inning, the eighth inning and then the ninth inning.

I can dig it.

westofyou
03-08-2012, 10:58 AM
I can dig it.

The Warriors Cyrus "Can You Dig It?" - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECpu3KV4Ngg&feature=related)

westofyou
03-08-2012, 11:01 AM
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=16194



A few minutes with Reds right-hander Mat Latos:

On being traded by the Padres to the Reds for four players in the offseason: "Honestly, for about a month, I was kind of stunned. Then the more I started thinking about it, the more excited I got. For a team to give up four players for you, they must really want you. Then I saw the moves the Reds were making like signing Ryan Madson to be the closer, and it's obvious we're a team trying to win the (National League Central) this year. It's exciting to be in that kind of a situation, especially after finishing in last place (in the NL West) last year with the Padres.”

On the pressure of the being the guy traded for four players: "I'd be lying if I said I haven't thought of that. I'm sure people in Cincinnati have some high expectations of me, and that's fine. At the same time, I can't put any extra pressure on myself. I really believe that if I go out and pitch the way I can that no one will even think how many guys were in the trade or any of that stuff."

On being traded when it seemed he was a major part of the Padres' rebuilding effort: "I was led to believe that I was going to be a Padre for a long time. That's what the CEO (Jeff Moorad) told me, that's what the general manager (Josh Byrnes) told me, that's what the manager (Bud Black) told me. So it was a big surprise. At first, you kind of feel you like when your girlfriend breaks up with you; you're angry and you're hurt. I'm past that now, especially since spring training started. I'm with a good team and a good group of guys. It hurt, though, and I didn't see it coming at all."

On what he is working on this spring: "Just working hard every day. I'm sure when Roy Halladay pitched his perfect game that he was getting his work in the next day. You can't take a day off in this game if you really want to be good at it. I really believe that."

On his numerous tattoos: "I only have one—and it's not finished yet."

redsmetz
03-08-2012, 12:16 PM
The Warriors Cyrus "Can You Dig It?" - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECpu3KV4Ngg&feature=related)

Ha, what came to my mind was Hugh Masekela and "Grazin' in the Grass."

I can dig it, you can dig it, we can dig it!

wlf WV
03-09-2012, 08:35 AM
Ha, what came to my mind was Hugh Masekela and "Grazin' in the Grass."

I can dig it, you can dig it, we can dig it!I hated that song,but I enjoy your postings.Keep up the work.

Although he got great players,I think Jocketty got hosed on every trade.The Yankees didn't overpay for their needs,but I think we did.

_Sir_Charles_
03-11-2012, 09:06 PM
Nice article all about Yasmani and Yonder.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/spring2012/story/_/id/7666674/mlb-yonder-alonso-yasmani-grandal-san-diego-padres-connection-traces-back-cuba