Reds deal Latos to Marlins
The Marlins made another big move at the Winter Meetings on Thursday, acquiring right-hander Mat Latos from the Reds in exchange for right-hander Anthony DeSclafani and catching prospect Chad Wallach.
Latos has been dependable when healthy, but is coming off an injury-shortened season in which he made a career-low 16 starts due to right elbow and left knee issues. Still, he’s won 14 games in three of the last five years and pitched over 200 innings in both 2012 and ’13. The 27-year-old will be a free agent after next season.
It’s the second major trade in a many days for Miami. The club completed a seven-player blockbuster with the Dodgers on Wednesday which netted second baseman Dee Gordon, starter Dan Haren and shortstop Miguel Rojas.
As for the Reds, they moved their second starter of the day. The club previously traded Alfredo Simon to the Tigers for pitching prospect Jonathon Crawford, a first-round pick in the 2013 Draft, and infielder Eugenio Suarez.
DeSclafani, 24, made his Major League debut in 2014, appearing in 13 games (five starts) with Miami. He’s considered the Marlins’ No. 2 overall prospect, according to MLB.com.
Wallach, 23, was Miami’s fifth-round pick in the 2013 Draft. He’s the son of former All-Star and current Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach.