The Marlins might have traded prospect Andrew Heaney Wednesday, but they're quickly filling any hole that might have opened. The Marlins have reportedly acquired Mat Latos from the Reds according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. While Latos isn't an ace, exactly, he doesn't have to be for a team that will have Jose Fernandez back from Tommy John surgery by mid-season.
The Miami Marlins acquired right-handed starting pitcher Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday for right-hander Anthony DeSclafani and minor-league catcher Chad Wallach.
Latos, who turned 27 this month, went 5-5 with a 3.34 ERA in 16 starts during an injury-plagued 2014. He will be a free agent at the end of the 2015 season but offers the Marlins an experienced arm in a young rotation.
A Florida local from Coconut Creek High and Broward Community College, Latos is 60-45 with a 3.34 ERA in parts of six big-league seasons since 2009. From 2012-13, he tossed at least 209 1/3 innings and made 32 starts. He finished eighth in National League Cy Young voting in 2010.
"We wanted to support those young power arms -- the Henderson Alvarezes, the Nathan Eovaldis, the Jarred Cosarts," president of baseball operations Michael Hill told MLB Network. "And also by doing that it gave us in our minds the ability to allow the ace of our staff Jose Fernandez to do his rehab and come back healthy whenever that time is."
Cincinnati is open for business trading away starting pitchers. Alfredo Simon is headed to the Tigers and now the Reds have also sent Mat Latos to the Marlins in exchange for prospects Chad Wallach and Anthony DeSclafani.
Latos will be a free agent next offseason and is coming off an injury wrecked year in which he threw just 102 innings after making at least 30 starts and logging at least 180 innings each year from 2010-2013.
If Mat Latos can regain some of his lost velocity, this could be a fantastic pickup for the Marlins. Was hurt a bunch last season.— Chris Towers (@CTowersCBS) December 11, 2014
Exciting times ahead #2015— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) December 11, 2014