Update -- According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, several notable Braves prospects are involved in the deal.
Dodgers-Braves-Marlins deal if it goes down involves Avilan, Wood, Latos, Morse, Olivera, Peraza #braves #Dodgers #marlins— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) July 30, 2015
MIAMI -- The Atlanta Braves have entered the mix in the deal that is expected to send Michael Morse and Mat Latos to Los Angeles in exchange for three minor league pitchers. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was among the first to report Atlanta's interest.
Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun-Times reported this morning the Marlins were set to deal Latos, Morse, and a competitive balance pick to the Dodgers. However, the deal was not confirmed by Manager Dan Jennings prior to Wednesday night's contest against the Nationals. USA Today's Bob Nightengale noted the deal was being held up by paperwork.
Even with the Braves involved, the Marlins are still likely to acquire the minor league arms. Los Angeles might be looking to find a team to flip Morse to. Braves lefty Alex Wood would be dealt to Los Angeles if the deal gets approved, Rosenthal adds. Jim Johnson would head to Los Angeles and the Braves would acquire the competitive balance pick according to Rosenthal.
Latos, 27, has posted a 4.48 ERA and 3.34 FIP over 88.1 innings and 16 starts. Since he is an impending free agent, the Marlins were expected to move Latos before the deadline. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported the market for Latos was "coming into focus" on Tuesday.
Morse, 33, has struggled after signing a two-year deal with the Marlins last offseason. He has spent time on the disabled list and is batting .214/.277/.314 with four home runs and 12 RBIs. Justin Bour has had success at first base and as a result the Marlins likely felt comfortable moving Morse.