There’s been speculation about the Reds trading one or both of Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos, but veteran beat reporter John Fay, who covers the Reds for the Cincinnati Enquirer, doesn’t see it happening.
Here’s what Fay told WEEI radio in Boston:
I don’t see either one getting traded, Johnny Cueto because he’s coming off such a good year. I think the Reds think their best chance to win is with him. In Mat Latos’ case, he’s had three separate injuries that put him on the disabled list last year, so I don’t think the market for him is as great as it once was.
Now if the Reds struggle out of the gate, and they decide to sell around the trade deadline, you could see one or both of them go, but my guess is that you’ll see them start the season with both of them. I think you’ve got to look at the mindset of the owner. They have the All-Star Game next year. He thinks this is a big chance to sell some season tickets and to make a run, and they think their best chance is with those guys.
Trades surprise people all the time, of course, but something to keep in mind amid all the rumors swirling.