REPORT: Miami Marlins trade for Mat Latos
The Cincinnati Reds have traded starting pitcher Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported the deal. The Reds will bring in Anthony DeSclafani and Chad Wallach, a pitcher and a catcher.
Latos is entering a contract season in 2015. After three years with the San Diego Padres and three more with the Reds, he’s posted a career ERA of 3.34. Latos has also been an innings eater up until last season. Thrown off by recurring injuries, the right-hander was derailed in 2014 and only made 16 starts.
The 27-year-old is apparently from Florida, making this trade to Miami a homecoming of sorts. If the market trends stay this away next offseason, a healthy Latos will demand an expensive contract. His gigantic size gives him the look of a pitcher and a strong 2015 campaign will increase his appeal.
For Miami in at least the short-term, an ace talent has been brought in. Latos isn’t a textbook ace or pitcher who can be handed the ball in any situation, but his full ceiling hasn’t been reached just yet. He was a 4.4 WAR pitcher in 2013 and primary utilizes a quality fastball, slider combination.
-Tyler Birss (@tybirss)