Originally Posted by dougdirt
I think you can argue that and make a good point. I have said it before and will say it again, if almost any other team in baseball traded those exact players for Latos, they would have lost that trade. The Reds on the other hand were able to do it because most other teams didn't have both a Joey Votto and a Devin Mesoraco at their disposal. Most teams could have really used both a Grandal and Alonso on their team. The Reds, not so much.
In a sense, you could argue that the Reds overpaid if you ignore all else that they had. But if you don't ignore all that they had, the deal made perfect sense for the Reds.
I'll take the dollar (Latos) over four quarters any day of the week, regardless of the situation. The Reds gave up an average to below average ML 1B, a potentially above average C, an expensive #4 SP and a RP prospect to get four years of a #1 - #2 SP at a well below market value costs, I find it hard to believe that there are many teams that would have taken the deal and felt like they lost.