I mentioned it on Twitter the other day, but I wanted to post my thoughts here on the big Mat Latos trade.

Did the Reds give up a lot of value in this trade? Yes.

Do I wish that the Reds did not have to give up so much talent to acquire Latos? Yes.

If I were the GM, Walt Jocketty, would I have pulled the trigger on this deal? Yes, absolutely. No question about it.

I understand all the complaints, but I don’t agree with them. I think this is a very good deal for our Redlegs. The club is better today than they were before the trade. There is a window to compete here, and Jocketty knows that he has to do what he can to strike while the iron is hot.

Kudos, Walt.