Reds Dangling Mat Latos In Trades

Coming off a dreadful losing streak, the Reds have dangled right-hander Mat Latos in trades, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark (on Twitter).

The 26-year-old Latos would represent a huge impact on the starting pitching market. He’s posted a 3.31 ERA with 5.6 K/9, 1.9 BB/9 and a 32.5 percent ground-ball rate in 55 1/3 innings this season since being activated from the DL. While those strikeout and ground-ball rates are down, Latos has been among the NL’s best young starters over the past several seasons. He owns a a 3.27 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 850 2/3 innings dating back to 2010.

Latos is eligible for arbitration for the final time this offseason and would be a free agent following the 2-15 season, so he’s much more than a rental for interested parties. Of course, the Reds are looking for a huge return for their No. 2 starter, as Stark notes.


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65 Comments on "Reds Dangling Mat Latos In Trades"


Davie
1 year 29 days ago

This is the guy the Jays really need to target. I would be thrilled if we got Latos. Get it done AA!

Seamaholic
1 year 29 days ago

You’d be looking at giving up Stroman plus.

Runtime
1 year 29 days ago

I don’t know. Lester only got Cespedes and 0 prospects.
I also assume that the Reds want players that can help them push for the playoffs.

monroe_says
monroe_says
1 year 29 days ago

If the Reds trade Latos, they’re no longer thinking about the playoffs.

nick bruggeman
1 year 29 days ago

They shouldn’t be thinking playoffs. Phillips probably isnt back for another 3 weeks and no one knows about Votto. Their is no offense to support their pitching. :-(

Bob Bunker
1 year 29 days ago

“Only” getting Cespedes a proven 30 HR power hitter and top 25 OF with defensive value who is 29 making less then 11 million for a half of year of Lester isn’t the prospect package you might have expected but no where near peanuts.

Latos has an extra year of control so I think the Jays would have to do Sanchez, Norris, and another pieces.

A.J. Davis
1 year 29 days ago

I’m sorry…when did Cespedes hit 30 HR?

Bob Bunker
1 year 28 days ago

26 in 135 games with half of them in the giant Colleseum. If you don’t think he can hit 30 in a 150 games with half at Fenway then that’s fine I just disagree.

Aron
1 year 28 days ago

Okay calm down the guys just hitting .256 with an OBP barely over .300 so what he knocks in some 20 odd home runs. This deal isn’t the home run you seem to think it is. Also Lester is absolutely lights out this year. Latos is coming off an injury and has shown a major dip in FB velocity. I still like Latos but he’s not worth much more than Lester even given the extra year of control because teams trading for him would be looking to win now and with his health concerns he may not be able to provide that much extra talent.

Bob Bunker
1 year 28 days ago

Never said its a home run deal for the Red Sox just think its not a bad trade either. If the Red Sox extend Cespedes or resign Lester its a great trade. If they don’t it does not make much sense but Cespedes for Lester shows the value of SP right now and I think Latos would recieve a larger package then Lester.

Agree to disagree though.

Aron
1 year 28 days ago

Maybe after the year and Latos proves hes fully healthy, otherwise question marks and health concerns will plague his trade value.

Bob Bunker
1 year 28 days ago

I mean he has a 3.3 ERA and a 3.4 FIP and has been worth 1 WAR in just 8 starts and previous 4 years was worth 12 WAR with an ERA and FIP of 3.25 over the 4 years. As I don’t follow the Reds I don’t know for sure but any health concerns should be abated by now.

Aron
1 year 28 days ago

Not really. His K/9 has dropped to a 5.5 after routinely being around 8. His GB% is the lowest in his career and so is his HR/FB % but that number is unreasonably so and seems due to regress. And his FB velo has dropped by almost 3 MPH which is actually quite a lot. Those are the question marks which hinder his trade value

Runtime
1 year 29 days ago

I don’t know. Lester only got Cespedes and 0 prospects.
I also assume that the Reds want players that can help them push for the playoffs.

cyberboo
1 year 29 days ago

stroman is going to be twice the guy Latos is. Wishful thinking if any team thinks Latos is worth him. Stroman has top of the rotation potential and Latos has never been and never will be seen that way.

paqza
1 year 29 days ago

So keep Stroman and trade Norris+Pompey.

Davie
1 year 29 days ago

I would try to keep hold of Pompey aswell due to the fact we have a few holes appearing in the OF coming up,

cyberboo
1 year 28 days ago

I could see an ozuna, Anderson, Davis package being enough for Latos. The Jays are going to have holes in the rotation that Sanchez and Stroman fill, but Norris is their top prospect now and he doesn’t warrant a Latos. As said, Pompey is having a good year and if he can keep climbing the ladder, he is currently their 3rd best prospect that will be needed in the outfield when Rasmus leaves at the end of the season. Latos wouldn’t get their 1st and 3rd ranked prospect, unless Cincy agree to pay most of the salary for Latos and throw in a top prospect or two at the same time.

Aron
1 year 28 days ago

Nope nope nope. Norris profiles to be better than Stroman and he’s a lefty! You don’t just give up a top lefty arm like that. And the Jays havent seen a meteoric rise like Pompey by a truly athletic outfielder since Marisnick. That isnt the best comp but still, we need some hitting prospects to take the reigns once Jose and Edwin decline

cyberboo
1 year 28 days ago

A few years ago, the Jays drafted Tyler Beede who didn’t sign. The Jays also drafted Norris and he was projected to be near the top of the draft, but signing problems lowered him to the Jays. He profiled at the time as a top of the rotation arm and the scouting reports were accurate. He has every projection to be an Andy Pettite clone that can throw 200 innings, high strikeouts, few walks, ground-ball type, and that is the type of pitcher Toronto needs when Buerhle and R. A Dickey are no longer on the team. He also has a low salary with six years control minimum. Those are the pitchers you keep, not trade to other teams.

The_Porcupine
1 year 29 days ago

No way. He’s not worth a top prospect. I don’t care if you have control of him for next year or not.

Ukiah Beauty-College
1 year 28 days ago

Latos just got back to healthy. He is 30 and 14 since joining the reds. What else can I say.

Davie
1 year 29 days ago

As much as i’d love Latos at Toronto i dont think i’d do that trade straight up. Stroman is awsome

paqza
1 year 29 days ago

They do have other prospects. Pompey+Norris would make it happen, I’m sure.

A.J. Davis
1 year 29 days ago

Lol would he now.

Aron
1 year 28 days ago

I think a deal around Sanchez could get it done

First Bleed
1 year 29 days ago

Fire sale over in Cincy. Latos/Ludwick… whose next Bruce? J/K on Bruce.

Robert A.
1 year 29 days ago

Things a little dicey in Cincinnati these days. Fair point on Latos but moving Ludwick is hardly “fire saley.”

Blind Squirrel
1 year 28 days ago

Not with that albatross of a contract.

Mike1L
1 year 29 days ago

I love it. Now it’s like a free-for-all. Everyone jumps in the water (market) and let’s see what happens.

No Baseball In Indiana
1 year 29 days ago

They should be shopping Cueto. Reds are done for the next few years.

nick bruggeman
1 year 29 days ago

Cueto, Latos, Simon and Leake are all Free Agents after the 2015 season. Doesn’t matter who they shop in my opinion. They will probably only be able to afford one of them and maybe two tops. My guess is they would prefer to try to resign Cueto when the time comes.

No Baseball In Indiana
1 year 29 days ago

Yeah but Cueto is actually pitching well this year. He might be worth more.

Runtime
1 year 29 days ago

Jays send Rasmus + Francisco for Latos?

Seamaholic
1 year 29 days ago

Not close. Latos is an ace or close to it. He’s one step down (barely) from Price. You aren’t getting him for those two.

Davie
1 year 29 days ago

He’s not all that close to Price tbh but i would be prepared to part with the likes of Sanchez + to get him.

cyberboo
1 year 29 days ago

The Jays could trade Happ and Buerhle for Cosart and Latos and both are ground ball pitchers which would play into their team defense perfectly. They might lose Ozuna, Davis, plus, but the rewards would be instant.

nick bruggeman
1 year 29 days ago

There is no way the Reds would trade Latos for Happ and or Buerhle. The Reds have one of the better rotations in baseball and are either looking for a bat and or prospects in return.

monroe_says
monroe_says
1 year 29 days ago

The Reds’ window is closing. This year is toast and 2015 is their last shot with Cueto and Latos at the top of the rotation. Hard to imagine them extending either, but also hard to imagine them winning in 2015 without Latos ….

nick bruggeman
1 year 29 days ago

Not to mention Leake and Simon. 4/5th of their rotation are free agents after next year.

monroe_says
monroe_says
1 year 29 days ago

They should be going all in for next year. Too bad they don’t really have any viable pieces to unload now that will help them do that.

AndreTheGiantKiller
1 year 29 days ago

Could the Dodgers get him without giving one of the big three? Would the Reds be more interested in pitching or offense??

Mackster248
1 year 29 days ago

Maybe Dodgers can build a package around Zack Lee for Latos.

nick bruggeman
1 year 29 days ago

My guess is the Reds would want 1 pitching and 1 positional prospect in return.

slasher016
1 year 29 days ago

Doubtful. He’s young in AAA, but his numbers this year aren’t pretty.

slasher016
1 year 29 days ago

Bat first for sure.

Luke Castor
1 year 29 days ago

The Padres are selling hard, not buying, so there isn’t a chance in hell they would make a move for him… but oh, I’d love to see the look on his face if someone told him he was coming back to San Diego.

paqza
1 year 29 days ago

Pompey and Norris for Latos. And go.

joe smith
1 year 29 days ago

Really wan’t to see Latos in a Jays jersey. I’d like to think Sanchez and Pillar or something similar could get it done.

pipn8ez
1 year 29 days ago

White sox should go after Latos, he’d be a perfect fit between Sale and Quintana. If the reds are looking to compete the sox send them Alexei Ramirez and prospects.

nick bruggeman
1 year 29 days ago

I dont think the Reds are looking to compete. If they were they would probably be trying to acquire a piece instead of selling off a piece.

Lucas Hennessey™
1 year 29 days ago

In my opinion, the Reds would trade Latos only if they got a viable LF bat they could control for a few years. Other options would be a shortstop that can hit, or general salary relief. If it’s salary relief, Ludwick/Broxton would have to be packaged with Latos.

slasher016
1 year 29 days ago

He’s not making enough for the Reds to make the trade for salary relief. He’s going to get roughly 10M next year in arbitration, which is a bargain for a 4 win player while healthy.

Lucas Hennessey™
1 year 29 days ago

I was referring to what the Reds would want back in trades – so if they are looking for salary relief, they’d have to include Ludwick/Broxton as well.