Although the news broke awhile ago, the deal was official via Reds twitter about 1:30.
While Alonso AND Grandal seems like it may be a little of an overpay, it’s still something that I think the Reds had to do. We’re talking a 23-year old starter with a career line of 429 IP, 108 ERA+, with good peripherals, if maybe a bit too much of a flyball pitcher to be totally comfortable at GABP.
Not to mention that both Alonso and Grandal were effectively blocked at the MLB level in our system, and Volquez isn’t much of a loss. Boxberger, I thought, had a good future with the Reds, but I have to say I’m pretty happy overall. We had to give up a lot to get a pitcher who would be good enough to help us, and we did. I can’t whine about not getting an ace, and then turn around and whine about giving up too much,
Padres fans seem reasonably unhappy, which I imagine is a good thing for us. I think this puts us right in the mix when it comes to the 2012 NL Central title. Oh, and isn’t this pretty?