Padres Are Not Shopping Mat Latos

The Padres' rotation will have a different look next year after Wade LeBlanc and Aaron Harang departed via trade and free agency, respectively, but the club isn't planning to move its homegrown ace. Tom Krasovic of Inside The Padres reports that San Diego is not shopping Mat Latos, but other teams don't think the right-hander is cemented in the team's long-term plans.

Latos, 24, is coming off two stellar seasons despite a bout with shoulder inflammation early in 2011. Since the start of 2010, he's pitched to a 3.21 ERA in 379 innings across 62 starts. He's struck out 8.88 batters per nine innings, walked just 2.66 per nine, and generated a ground ball 43.7% of the time. The Padres control Latos for another four seasons, the final three as an arbitration-eligible player, so his trade value at the moment is substantial.


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68 Comments on "Padres Are Not Shopping Mat Latos"


shockey12
3 years 8 months ago

Jays plz

3 years 8 months ago

It would be awesome. 

McGuire, Hech, Jimenez, and Marisnick for Latos.

3 years 8 months ago

Probably not enough of a blue-chipper in there. However, I would love to see a deal not including Alvarez or D’arnaud.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

Marisnick = blue chipper

Many scouts believe he’s better (going to be) than Gose

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 8 months ago

Too true. He’s in the top 10 of the Blue Jays’ organizational prospects, and hasn’t even played A+ ball yet. He’s that good.

3 years 8 months ago

that’s so awesome.

3 years 8 months ago

true, but there is a relevant difference between a blue-chipper in A and a blue chipper in AAA

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

true, but a team like the padres would take the best overall prospects regardless of age..

or jays could just send Gose instead. 

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

RYAN BRAUN CHEATED!!!!!!! Matt Kemp for President!!!!!

Sorry I didnt know if you guys heard yet….

leachim2
3 years 8 months ago

Jays would probably have to offer Gose, D’Arnaud, and Alvarez for the pads to listen.

ARodinyourPujols
3 years 8 months ago

So they would have to offer the basically the same package they got for Doc except with Gose and D’Arnaud more developed than they were and Alvarez who is major league ready? I agree it would take a fair chunk to get Latos but it’s not going to be that much. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

1 year of doc vs 4 years of latos

ARodinyourPujols
3 years 8 months ago

If I do remember correctly the Doc deal was contingent on him working out an extension with the Phillies so that would negate the difference in controlled years. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

 you remember incorrectly. He signed the extension, but the phillies didn’t get a window to discuss the extension before the trade.

Similar to the gonzalez trade and extension with the sox

ARodinyourPujols
3 years 8 months ago

He was given permission to speak with the Phillies and they agreed to the contract extension before the trade had been made final. Quick google search will solve all your needs.  

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

I blocked that period of my life from my memory

leachim2
3 years 8 months ago

No they got Taylor who they swapped for Wallace, who they swapped for Gose. Gose was the better prospect and the Astros decided to make that trade for reasons unbeknownst to us. Anyway, Drabek was supposed to be the main prospect in that trade and the other two were complimentary parts to sweeten the deal. Drabek was supposed to be the next Roy Halladay but he flopped.

ARodinyourPujols
3 years 8 months ago

If you remember everyone thought Toronto was nuts for trading Gose for Wallace. I am just trying to point out that Gose D’Arnaud and Alvarez are all very close to being in the Majors but in the Doc trade the guys were very far away from the Majors. Alvarez right now is a better prospect than Drabek was then and D’Arnaud is a thousand times better than a lot of people thought he would be and Gose is better than Taylor was then too. 

leachim2
3 years 8 months ago

Drabek was one of the best prospects in baseball. He was a better prospect than Alvarez is now.

How about Perez, Gose, Beck, and Sanchez.

ARodinyourPujols
3 years 8 months ago

Ya Drabek was a very very good prospect but right now Alvarez has shown that he is Major league ready and he is younger than Drabek was at the time of the Doc deal. 

leachim2
3 years 8 months ago

What would you suggest for a trade?

ARodinyourPujols
3 years 8 months ago

I honestly don’t know. I love Latos as a pitcher but I am always apprehensive of taking a guy that puts up good numbers when he pitches at Petco half the time. His home/away splits aren’t terrible but I just don’t think that his actual value is as high as his apparent value. 

Amish_willy
3 years 8 months ago

Latos is actually the rare pitcher who has been a beast regardless if he’s pitching at home or on the road or facing a righty or lefty…

Home: .229/.287/.348 (635 ops)
Away: .224/.286/.351 (637 ops)
vs RHB: .208/.277/.335 (612 ops)
vs LHB: .243/.295/.365 (659 ops)

Is giving up an identical ops at home/road considered not terrible?

sam_lammert
3 years 8 months ago

i give him two weeks before hes traded

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

what if we say please

LeoAcevedo
3 years 8 months ago

Damn id love him on my mets ….

bvw87
3 years 8 months ago

Why would he not be in their long term plans?

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

They probably feel they won’t compete until he’s about to hit free agency

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

uhhhhh…duh?

cubs223425
3 years 8 months ago

I’ll trade the entire Cubs’ MLB and minor league rosters, except for Castro, Garza, and Jackson for him.

Seriously, he’s probably worth more than all of those guys combined.

EdinsonPickle
3 years 8 months ago

Well, he’s not going to help much when the Cubs go 0-162 with all of those games they’ll forfeit.

cubs223425
3 years 8 months ago

It’d be worth it. They’d get the #1 pick in 2013, and there are plenty of serviceable FAs left on the market (Fielder, Darvish, Jackson).

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

“Baseball will continue to have 9 innings”

ARodinyourPujols
3 years 8 months ago

Woah Woah Woah, I heard from this guy that heard from his cousins friend that heard from his brother that has a “source” that MLB will be going to 7 innings with mercy rule after 5. 

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

all speculation .. they also talked about cutting the season in half by increasing the games to 18 innings. 

3 years 8 months ago

Bob Elliott?! I didn’t know you commented on here!

coup
3 years 8 months ago

As a Padres fan I really hope not. I know the team needs legitimate hitters in a big way but I would hope that their deep farm system could help out through either trade or play.

orneryfish
3 years 8 months ago

Latos isn’t going anywhere anytime too soon.

SDPads98
3 years 8 months ago

As a pad fan I love that they aren’t selling the entire house. Who cares if some people think he is immature, he’s a competitor that has a fire that a small market team like the padres need in order to spark some winning streaks.

Donald Munson
3 years 8 months ago

Not sure what the point of this article is. Really good, cheap young player not being offered on the market…did someone say he was?

johnnycomelately9
3 years 8 months ago

It’s one way of saying: we’re not trading Latos but open to trading all of our other starters because we have 6 SP prospects in the upper minors that we feel good about.

johnnycomelately9
3 years 8 months ago

It’s one way of saying: we’re not trading Latos but open to trading all of our other starters because we have 6 SP prospects in the upper minors that we feel good about.

kevmill21
3 years 8 months ago

ok he’s not available.

rangers need an upgrade at starter, but have 5 quality arms.  3 years of harrison, do what u will with him in his 3rd, plus 2 kids, one being of the quality fan’s hate hearing bantered about, perez? plus olt? none interest?

trying to get past adam eatons transition here, and i think im being pretty friendly

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

In other news, Freddie Freeman  and Michael Pineda are not being shopped.

3 years 8 months ago

Whew! I was wondering whether this ace who isn’t even arbitration eligible was being shopped.
 
But I’m still wondering if Strasburg, Hudson, or Hellickson will be wearing a different uniform next year.

walnutfalcons
3 years 8 months ago

As a Padre fan, I would be okay with dealing Latos as long as we got some really top-notch offensive prospects back.  The Blue Jays may be the only team with that kind of talent in the minors.

padresfuture
3 years 8 months ago

The reds have some offense in the minors.

walnutfalcons
3 years 8 months ago

As a Padre fan, I would be okay with dealing Latos as long as we got some really top-notch offensive prospects back.  The Blue Jays may be the only team with that kind of talent in the minors.

padresfuture
3 years 8 months ago

I have brought up the possibility of trading Latos before. I am not advocating the trade of Latos, just suggesting that it would not be as crazy as some people think. One of the problems the Padres have is attracting FA hitters. They have to aquire hitters via trade or by developing them on the farm. Trades are usually a quicker way to add hitting talent. Latos would attract an offensive package that the Padres simply could not get in FA, probably ever. With a limited budget, who is going to take a discount to come hit in Petco and ruin his future value. Latos could attract a package like Valle and Brown from Philly or Mesaroco and Alonso from the Reds. I would only trade Latos if a team overwhelms the Padres with an offer that significantly upgrades their offense.

johnnycomelately9
3 years 8 months ago

pads don’t need a catcher with hundley/baker in the majors and Hagerty/Hedges in the minors.

Alonso is good but not needed with Guzman, Blanks, Rizzo, Clark, Frieman all ready or near ready.

The best suitor I can imagine is Miami for Hanley.  But like the article says, they’re open to trading but don’t waste your ideas constructing thoughts around Latos.

3 years 8 months ago

That would be a terrible trade, moving latos for Hanley. Pads loose big on that one.

Ohhhplease
3 years 8 months ago

Would be a HORRIBLE move for the Padres, Hanley’s numbers continue to decline, while he ego and bad attitude are rising quickly.  Pads would be burdened by a bad citizen with a huge contract.

I would love to see the Pads move Latos, they are a team that is in position to put themsleves in position.  Moves like Latos and Headley would accelerate that.  The NL West is going to quickly become  one of the have (Giants and Dodgers), the sort of haves (Rockies and Diamondbacks) and the have not (Padres).  They should get all they can now….

Beersy
3 years 8 months ago

Not quite sure why you have the DBacks as a “sort of have”.  They won the division last season and have added Cahill to a pretty good rotation.  They haven’t lost anyone in free agency and their farm system is getting better, which is surprising with Towers there.

As for the Dodgers, they have Kershaw and Kemp and not much else, they are really no better off than the Padres right now.

johnnycomelately9
3 years 8 months ago

pads don’t need a catcher with hundley/baker in the majors and Hagerty/Hedges in the minors.

Alonso is good but not needed with Guzman, Blanks, Rizzo, Clark, Frieman all ready or near ready.

The best suitor I can imagine is Miami for Hanley.  But like the article says, they’re open to trading but don’t waste your ideas constructing thoughts around Latos.