Well, the trade sucks then. Yes, we do add a left-handed starting pitcher with postseason experience, who is an improvement from our 5th slot, no doubt, but it costs us one of our best prospects.
The Padres, however, have always liked Nick Hundley more than Kottaras. The two are pretty similar prospects; I guess I just don't like the idea of putting all your eggs in one basket.
Kottaras has a bright future. He's got a good arm and a good knowledge of the strike-zone. He won't hit more than 15 homeruns in a season, but he should be able to swing at .300/.350/.450 during his career.
I guess it's only fair we get shafted by Boston this time...Meredith and Bard was too good of a swindling for the Padres to not return the favor. If Wells comes in and is the difference between playoffs and not playoffs, or wins a crucial playoff game, it'll certainly help the outcome of this deal, but from a long-term view, it doesn't look good.
The only positive is that since we can't know, for certain, that Kottaras is going to Boston, that bag won't be necessary. Sure missed the bullet there.