The Reds acquired Mat Latos from the Padres. And to make matters worse, Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal, were two of the four players sent to San Diego. The Padres also received Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger.
On first-look, it might seem that the Padres huge haul would be good news for what the Rays could expect in a trade for one of their young, talented starting pitchers. But this deal could also hurt the Rays. So far, the Reds were the only team that was aggressively shopping for a starting pitcher. And they may have been the only team willing to pay such a huge ransom. If that’s the case, the Rays may now have a more difficult time finding a team to pay the price being asked.
Now that the Reds no longer need a starting pitcher, attention now turns to the Padres sudden need for a big league pitcher and their new-found depth at first base. And already we are hearing that the Rays are one of two teams that have talked to the Padres about Anthony Rizzo, a 21-year old first baseman with the Padres. In 49 games with San Diego in 2011, Rizzo hit .141 with a .281 OBP. In 93 triple-A games, he hit .331 with 26 home runs.
However, the Cubs are the other team interested in Rizzo, and the Padres may be more interested in Matt Garza. And if the Rays are pushing Wade Davis, there might not be a good fit, and deal may not be likely.