Yet to be confirmed, there appears to be a deal in the works between the Dodgers and Marlins for Matt Latos, Michael Morse, and the Marlins compensatory pick (#34 overall for 2016). It isn’t certain yet, but the haul for the Fish appears to be three minor league pitchers from the Dodgers.
Considering the market for Johnny Cueto, the arms should be of a decent nature coming back. Then again, the Dodgers are picking up all of the remaining salary for both players as well as Morse’s salary for next season ($8M).
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Gone are the two local kids from Broward county who signed up to help out the hometown team get back into the playoffs after a 12 year drought. Morse signed a 2 year, $16M deal while Latos was brought in via a trade that cost the Marlins pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani.
Over his past 7 starts, Latos has become very efficient. He has a 2.96 ERA to go along with 43Ks and 9BBs in 45.2IP and WHIP of 0.92. The numbers over his last 15 starts are also pretty good and, in fact, ever since coming back off the DL Latos has not only seen improved numbers, but his velocity is back up in the 93-95MPH range. However, he is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Morse was just a tragedy from the beginning. His big, loopy, caveman swing just couldn’t catch up to anything and his lack of power production, and injury, doomed his stay in Miami. That and the fact that Justin Bour outplayed him while he was on the DL. Most likely, the Fish wanted the Dodgers to take on Morse’s salary as part of the deal to take Latos, which the Dodgers would oblige as it would cut down the cost of the prospects they would send back in return.
The other thing being overlooked here is the fact that the Marlins have dealt their compensatory picks each of the past three drafts now: a deal for Bryan Morris in 2013, and last year’s deal with the Astros for Jarred Cosart. A team that has a noted lack of impact talent and depth in its farm system cannot afford to be dealing away draft picks just for cash considerations.