Miami Marlins Rumors: Team Growing More Confident They’ll Move Mat Latos

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We may have seen the biggest chip of the 2015 trade deadline fall yesterday, as Troy Tulowitzki was traded from the Colorado Rockies to the Toronto Blue Jays, for Jose Reyes and 3 prospects. 

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Cole Hamels and David Price could also be moved in the coming days, with even a chance Marcell Ozuna and Yasiel Puig get moved. Things are still very unclear, 3 days out from the July 31st trade deadline.

One thing that’s becoming clear for the Miami Marlins? The market for Mat Latos, as the team is growing confident they’ll trade him soon, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

It has been rumored lately that the Miami Marlins would be happy to rid with Mat Latos, as he has reportedly worn out his welcome in Miami.

Latos’ market is said to include the Yankees, Blue Jays, Dodgers, and other teams, so he certainly has a market for his services, despite the rumors surrounding his temperament.

On the 2015 season, Latos owns a 4.48 ERA and a 3.34 FIP in 88 innings for the Marlins. His season got off to a slow start, as he allowed 7 earned runs in just 2/3’s of an inning in his Marlins debut. Since that game, he owns a 3.80 ERA and a 3.27 ERA in 87 2/3 innings of work.

Since his return from the disabled list on June 13th, Latos owns a 2.96 ERA and a 3.26 FIP in 45 2/3 innings of work.

So outside his first start, Latos has been pretty good this season. Since his return to the rotation since the DL stint with his knee injury, he’s been even better.

While I don’t think Latos’ market is as good as his former teammate, Johnny Cueto‘s, he should have a similar market to Scott Kazmir, who was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Houston Astros last week.

The Astros traded righty prospect Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham to the A’s for Kazmir. Mengden projects as a back of the rotation starter or a bullpen arm long term and Nottingham projects as an above average, bat first catcher.

If the Miami Marlins got a similar return for Latos, they should be ecstatic. And while I wouldn’t hold my breath for this to happen, if the Marlins ate some of the money owed to Latos this season, they could potentially get an even bigger return.

But like I said, I wouldn’t hold my breath for that to happen.

A decision on Latos could happen very soon, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports the team will meet today to discuss what to do with Latos.

The trade deadline hit a new high yesterday with the Tulowitzki trade. It should start getting interesting for the Miami Marlins and their fans soon enough.

The Miami Marlins are now fielding calls Marcell Ozuna and Martin Prado, which we’ll have more on later.

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