Starting pitcher and tireless dickhead Mat Latos has been shipped out of San Diego, traded to Cincinnati for a package including Edinson Volquez and Yonder Alonso. It’s a nice score for the Pads and an indirect win for Giants fans who won’t have to endure the lingering odor of Summer’s Eve that emanates from the visiting dugout whenever the Padres are in town.
Meanwhile, Michael Cuddyer will take his Aubrey Huff-like stats to Colorado with an Aubrey Huff-like deal. You would think a team that can offer hitters such an advantageous environment wouldn’t have to overpay for free-agent hitters. Unless he can pitch, the deal is unlikely to be a difference maker for the Rox in the NL West.
The Giants, meanwhile, are sticking to their plan of saving money and dangling long-term deals in front of Caincecum. The question is whether either will bite? Personally, I think once they get one nailed down they will quickly find out about the other. Lincecum is the favorite, and once he is nailed down Cain will either follow suit and lock down the rotation for the next half decade or decide he wants to be an ace and look to free agency.