CINCINNATI -- For the first time this season, all four of the players the Padres received in the December deal that saw them send Mat Latos to the Reds were on the Padres' 25-man roster.
The addition of reliever Brad Boxberger to the roster before Monday's game against the Reds allowed for the Padres to have pitcher Edinson Volquez, first baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Yasmani Grandal and Boxberger on the roster all at once.
Oddly enough, it occurred on the same day the Padres visited the Reds for the first of four games.
"It's definitely going to be fun," Boxberger said.
On Dec. 17, the Padres sent Latos to the Reds for the four players. Three of those players were in Monday's starting lineup -- Alonso, Grandal and Volquez on the mound.
San Diego manager Bud Black, who has been asked about the deal since it was made, in Spring Training and then when the Reds visited Petco Park earlier this month, said the newness of that particular trade has dissipated.
"I think a lot of the novelty of it has worn off, even going back to Spring Training, when we played the Reds over in Goodyear," Black said.
Black, as you might expect, still likes the trade and what it has brought the Padres -- a pitcher in Volquez who has a 1.2 WAR (wins above replacement), Alonso (0.5 WAR), Grandal (0.9) and Boxberger. The Reds have gotten nine wins out of Latos, who has a 1.3 WAR, according to Fangraphs.
"When both teams are happy, it's a good deal," Black said. "The Reds are happy with Latos and we have got some quality players, some depth. It's worked out for both sides."