Miami Marlins: Latos Deal Finalized


After a crazy full day and a half of rumors, a trade has been finalized between the Dodgers and Marlins. Here’s who each team gets:

Los Angeles Dodgers Receive: Mat Latos, Michael Morse, Alex Wood, Jose Peraza, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, and Bronson Arroyo

Miami Marlins Receive: Pitchers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo, and Kevin Guzman

Atlanta Braves Receive: Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez, Zachary Bird

To follow every step of the trade, refer to the Latos Trade Tracker Day One and Day Two.

The Marlins intended to rid themselves from paying the contract of Morse, which they accomplished. Miami received over $14 million in salary relief. Regarding skilled players, the Dodgers gained the most return, the Braves improved slightly, and the Marlins essentially stayed put.

Brigham, 23, ranks as the Dodgers’ #28 prospect. Neither Guzman nor Araujo fall in the MLB Pipeline’s top 30 Dodgers prospects. Latos, 27, holds a 4-7 record and a 4.48 ERA. Morse is batting .214 with four homers and 12 RBI. Both we’re one-year rentals for Miami, who expected to compete with these pieces.


Jeff Brigham has spent 2015 in both Low-A and High-A, posting a combined 6-5 record with a 5.52 ERA in 75 IP. Although he hasn’t consistently performed well this year, Brigham stands as the best prospect in the deal. His 4.6 BB/9 pose as a concern to his control, which can be improved during his road to the majors.


Kevin Guzman’s 2015 season has been in Low-A, where he owns a 5-7 record with a 3.90 ERA in 83 IP.


Victor Araujo has notched a 3-3 record, posting a 5.40 this year in High-A. Araujo holds the highest strikeout rate (9.9 K/9) of the pieces traded to Miami.

Brigham clearly stands as the best pitcher the Marlins will receive. He dominates Low-A, but struggles in High-A. Each of these pitchers seem a year or two away from pro ball, with no eye-popping stats displayed.

Overall, this salary dump has yielded little return, as expected for a salary dump. This proves to be yet another move in a long line of financially influenced baseball moves by the Miami Marlins organization.

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