Cincinnati, OH (FOX19) - The Reds quiet offseason ended abruptly Saturday when the team acquired right handed pitcher Mat Latos from the Padres for Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger.
Latos, who just turned 24 years old has a career ERA of 3.37 in 72 major league starts. In 2010 he set a major league record by giving up 2 runs or less in 15 consecutive starts. Latos is under contract for four years and is scheduled to make just over $500,000 in 2012.
Just 9 and 14 in 2011, Latos posted a 2.94 ERA in his last 17 starts and held opposing right handed batters to a .156 average, the best mark in the Major Leagues over that span.
In Alonso, Grandal and Boxberger the Reds gave up three of the organization's top six prospects as rated by MLB.com.
The Reds currently have six starting pitchers that will compete for five spots in the rotation. Latos joins Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Aroldis Chapman, Mike Leake and Johnny Cueto. Five of the six players in that group are between the ages of 24 and 26.
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