Miami wanted to add a starting pitcher before the Winter Meetings ended, and it appears the club was successful in doing so. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Marlins have acquired Mat Latos from Cincinnati Reds.
mat latos will be going to the marlins in trade. #reds— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2014
Latos, 27, posted a 3.25 ERA and 3.65 FIP in 102.1 innings with the Reds last season. Miami was looking for a controllable starter until Jose Fernandez returns next summer, and although Latos had an injury plagued 2014 campaign and is set to become a free agent after 2015, he adds depth to the Marlins' rotation. Adding Latos likely also made losing top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney justifiable.
Cincinnati reportedly had been looking to trade several of its starters who will be free agents after next season, and took advantage of smaller market teams looking for pitching. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Anthony DeSclafani and Chad Wallach are heading to the Reds in the deal.
Latos going to #Marlins for DeSclafani and Chad Wallach.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2014
DeSclafani could be a member of the Reds' rotation moving forward, but the club could also look to slot him into the bullpen. In 33.0 major league innings last season, DeSclafani posted a 6.27 ERA and 3.77 FIP. After dealing DeSclafani, the Marlins have parted with two top pitching prospects in two days.
Miami has a notable amount of catching depth, but didn't mind losing Wallach, who batted .328 in Single-A last season.