The Miami Marlins made a trade for a second straight day when they acquired Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday
Going to Cincinnati will be Anthony DeSclafani who spent part of the 2014 season in the big leagues with Miami. The right-hander was expected to begin the 2015 season in the minors. Chad Wallach will also be sent to the Reds after reaching high-A Jupiter in 2014 for Miami.
Latos has a very respectable 3.34 career E.R.A over six big league seasons. The 27-year old played for the San Diego Padres before arriving in Cincinnati. Latos had a shortened season in 2014 due to a bone bruise but is expected to be fine for spring training. 2015 will be the final season before Latos is a free agent.
Like Dee Gordon who was acquired by Miami a day earlier, Latos is from Florida. For the big right-hander, this will be a homecoming after attending college in Fort Lauderdale. Latos also attended Coconut Creek High School.
DeSclafani took part in 13 games for Miami and had a 6.27 E.R.A. He made five starts and was hit hard allowing 40 hits in his 33 innings. The 24-year old did a much better job at the minor league level and could still turn into an asset. It is possible that his future will be in the bullpen instead of in the rotation.
Wallach had a solid first full professional season with Low-A Greensboro and Jupiter. The 23-year old catcher slashed .322 / .431 / .457 in 97 games. If he remained in the organization, Wallach would have likely reached AA Jacksonville in 2015.
A first baseman still remains a priority for Miami with a name such as Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies possibly being in play.