Dodgers Cut Ties with Struggling Mat Latos

By Max Wildstein 9/19/2015


It only took a couple weeks for the Los Angeles Dodgers to get fed up with one of their mid-season acquisitions. As first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Dodgers have designated right-handed pitcher Mat Latos for assignment. With this latest move, it can be assumed that Latos does not throw another pitch for Los Angeles for the remainder of the 2015 campaign. The move was made to clear up a 40-man roster spot for right-handed pitcher Carlos Frias, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list after not appearing in a big league game since June 30th because of lower back tightness.


The Dodgers originally acquired the 27-year-old Latos in a three-team, thirteen-player deal before the trade deadline from the Miami Marlins. When the team acquired him from Miami, they had hopes that Latos could slide in as a fourth or fifth starter behind ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw, Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke and surprise left-hander Brett Anderson, who has slid up from fifth to third after early season-ending injuries to Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy. As of right now, the Dodgers rotation consists of those three pitchers, mid-season acquisition Alex Wood (dealt by Atlanta Braves in three-team trade) and breakout right-hander Mike Bolsinger.



With the Marlins, Latos did not put up the same dazzling numbers that he did with the Cincinnati Reds from 2012-2014. Over his three-year stint in Cincinnati, he posted a 33-16 record, along with a 3.31 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 7.7 K/9 and a 2.6 BB/9, in 522.1 innings pitched over 81 starts. However, in sixteen starts for Miami before being dealt to Los Angeles, he recorded a 4-7 line with a 4.48 ERA and an encouraging 3.42 FIP, along with a 8.0 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9, over 88.1 innings pitched.


After being traded to the Dodgers, Latos faltered and struck rock bottom. Over six appearances (five starts) with the National League West leaders, he put up a winless record with three losses, along with a 6.66 ERA, 4.01 FIP, 6.7 K/9 and a 2.2 BB/9, in just 24.1 innings of work. Over his seven-year big league career, he is the owner of a 64-55 career record, along with a 3.51 ERA.


The 25-year-old Frias will be the man that replaces Latos on the team’s roster. He will proceed to work out of the Dodgers bullpen until the playoffs, as he will be fighting for a spot on the team’s potential postseason roster. If he can prove to be a valuable asset for the team entering the postseason, he should have some sort of shot at making the roster in October. Over fourteen appearances (twelve starts) with the Dodgers before landing on the disabled list, Frias posted a 5-5 record, along with a 4.39 ERA, 4.28 FIP, 5.2 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9, in 69.2 innings pitched.

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