We paid too much; that can't be argued. But if we got the pitcher we thought we were getting, it would be easier to stomach. Latos has been awful. I'm not saying the trade is an absolute failure; I didn't want Volquez here any more than anyone else but the sad fact is, he's having a better season than Mat. Maybe Mat turns it around and becomes the solid #2 we thought we were getting. Time will tell.
However, one defense of this trade that I am just sick of is the following: "Alonso was blocked by Votto and Grandal was blocked by Mes. Those guys would not be helping us."
Bull. While it may be true that Alonso is blocked by Votto, he showed what he could do last year and just because he's blocked in our system, that doesn't decrease his market value. If it does, this organization needs to adopt a firm "draft to needs" approach rather than simply taking the BPA. It's stupid to take a blocked BPA if you're just going to sell him off at 40 cents on the dollar. As for Grandal, Mesoraco hasn't proven anything yet at the ML level and there is no question Grandal could have surpassed him. If we take the tack that Mes was blocking him as gospel, then the above scenario applies as they drafted him knowing they had the best catching prospect in baseball on board already.
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It's foolish to measure a Starting Pitcher on 10-15 starts when the trade was made for him to play for the team for 120+ starts.
We have no idea of what his "market" value is, only other Gm's determine that and none of us here are that. Alonso is a one position player, it's either first base or nothing position wise or maybe a DH.
We gave up 2 prospects with NO future on this team and other teams knew that and could use it in trade talk. We didn't overpay...ask DC what they had to give up to get Gio...ask the Yanks what they gave up to get damaged goods...
LOL @ Maker_84 saying he doesn't have a loser mentality like 90% of us on here. All of your posts wreak of a person who is a lifetime loser.
That's a clown comment bro!
Good throw JB.
good ole Volquez has already walked 4 through 2 and 2/3 already tonight allowed 3 runs on 2 hits
id rather have ANYONE than that frustration on this team
I think we gave up one player too much. I have said that many times. Would you rather have Volquez to kick around. He certainly didn't get it done either.