Miami Marlins Deal Mat Latos, Michael Morse to Dodgers


Marlins Sell Off Parts For Prospects  

The Miami Marlins became sellers in earnest Wednesday morning, as they shipped off two of their three biggest offseason acquisitions for prospects and cash.

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Mat Latos and Michael Morse have reportedly been dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with a Competitive Balance draft pick.  That pick essentially comes out to a first round selection in the 2016 MLB draft, and could be extremely valuable; bear in mind that the mighty Giancarlo Stanton himself was a second round selection.

Latos and Morse, along with Dee Gordon, were brought in to help Miami challenge for a playoff berth this season. But while Gordon has soared above expectations, Morse and Latos have arguably been two of the season’s biggest disappointments on a club that has had plenty of those.  Latos was a free agent, and unlikely to return; Morse had a year left on his contract, but had lost his place in the starting lineup to Justin Bour.

The Marlins are expected to be receiving three prospects in the deal, and those prospects are all expected to be pitchers.

However, due to the fact that the Dodgers are assuming full financial responsibility for the remaining contracts of Latos and Morse, it would seem unlikely that those will include top names like Grant Holmes or Jose De Leon.  But that remains to be seen, and more on the particulars as the story develops.

Should they have failed to pull down even a top four pitching prospect however, this might well be a trade that can’t be evaluated until we see where that Michael Morse money is spent this offseason.

We’ll have more on the trade, including the prospects, and analysis later.

Update (3:35 PM): One prospect name is uncovered and there is a third team involved:

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