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Miami Marlins trade rumors: Latos, Morse deal with Dodgers finalized

Miami acquires three minor league players in the deal.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

MIAMI -- Mat Latos spent his Thursday afternoon in Miami's dugout and Michael Morse made a pinch hitting appearance in the ninth inning. Although nothing was made official prior to Miami's 1-0 loss to Washington, the Marlins confirmed the deal with Los Angeles after the game.

In exchange for Latos, Morse, and a competitive balance pick that was subsequently sent to Atlanta, the Marlins acquired minor league pitchers Kevin Guzman, Victor Araujo, and Jeff Brigham.

Brigham, 23, was a fourth round draft pick of the Dodgers in 2014. He has posted a 5.52 ERA over 75.0 innings and 14 starts between Low and High-A this season. Araujo, 22, has posted a 5.40 ERA over 50.0 innings in relief in High-A. Guzman has pitched to a 3.90 ERA over 83.0 innings in Single-A.

In the deal, the Dodgers are paying the remainder of both Morse and Latos' salaries. It first appeared the Marlins and Dodgers had made a two-team deal before the Braves got involved.

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.

Donovan Solano is expected to be activated from the paternity list prior to Friday night''s contest. Miami has not yet announced who will take Latos' spot in the rotation.