Jun 30, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Mat Latos throws the ball in the first inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Latos came to the Marlins this past offseason after going 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA in 16 starts. He also leads the NL in wild pitches with nine. He had a rocky ending with the Cincinnati Reds after apparently wearing out his welcome there, just as he allegedly did in San Diego.
The Padres shipped him out of San Diego after the 2010 season despite having 14 wins with a 2.92 ERA. They received Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Edinson Volquez in that deal; then later sent to Miami. The fact that he has been traded three times within the last five years is alarming.
The Dodgers got better with this deal as Mike Morse also returns to the NL West. Latos has a 1-5 record and a 3.34 ERA in his six starts in Dodger Stadium. He famously signed a baseball for a Padres fan with “I Hate SF” under his autograph, so he gets to relive that rivalry again.
If Latos has his head on straight and pitches like he did from 2010 to 2013, the Dodgers could ride their rotation deep into October.
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