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3 unique names in one trade

Posted by John Autin
Jerry Crasnick reports that the Padres have traded Mat Latos to the Reds for Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger.


I like San Diego's end in terms of talent, but especially in terms of names. They get:
-- the only "Yasmani" and the only "Grandal" ever to play organized ball;
-- the only "Edinson" and the only "Volquez" ever to play in the majors; and
-- the only "Yonder" and the only "Alonso" (first or last name) ever to play in the majors.

To balance the uniqueness of the first three, Brad Boxberger is -- just like his dad, Rod -- a mid-sized RHP who attended U.S.C. after turning down the first team who drafted him, winding up as a 1st-round pick 3 years later. Rod Boxberger never got past AA, done in by a career 0.77 SO/BB ratio. Son Brad so far has 203 Ks in 154 IP; last year he averaged 13.5 SO/9 with a 0.97 WHIP in 62 IP at AA and AAA. They are the only "Boxbergers" in the B-R database.

Meanwhile, the Reds' acquisition is merely the 2nd "Mat" to play in MLB. Mat Gamel, the Brewers' backup 3B, beat Latos to the Show by a year.

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