Mat Latos appreciated the advice Reds manager Dusty Baker had for him early in camp.

"From a person that was on the forefront of a major trade myself, I've had some advice for him," Baker said. "Be yourself, don't put any pressure on yourself. He doesn't have to prove anything. Just pitch. And hopefully he'll get better through progression of experience and time."

Latos was the Reds' biggest acquisition of the offseason. They gave up last year's Opening Day starter, Edinson Volquez, plus No. 1 draft picks Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger to get Latos from the San Diego Padres.

"For the first month, I thought about it," Latos said. "Holy crap, they gave up four guys for me. I've got to come out and prove this, prove that. Looking back on it, if I do something that is great, if I throw a no-hitter, I'll forget about it and go to work the next day.