Update, July 30, 5:16 PM:
Update: Bowman adds that the Braves will receive Paco Rodriguez from the Dodgers.
Here are the full details of the trade:
Dodgers receive: Latos, Wood, Johnson, Avilan, Morse, Peraza
Braves receive: Olivera, Rodriguez, Bird, draft pick
Marlins receive: Brigham, Araujo, Guzman
Update, 11:15 PM: Frisaro reports that the Marlins will receive Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo, and Kevin Guzman in the swap.
Update, 9:44 PM: If the deal is completed, the Braves will receive Zachary Bird along with Olivera and the draft pick, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The Marlins will receive three "low-level" pitchers, he says.
Update, 9:23 PM: The Dodgers and Marlins have brought a third team into their swap, the Atlanta Braves, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported.
Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and top prospect Jose Peraza going to go to the Dodgers from Atlanta, Rosenthal, Jim Bowden of ESPN (second link here), and MLB.com's Mark Bowman report.
Who the Dodgers will be dealing, and to whom, is currently unknown, but Bowman tweeted that Hector Olivera may also be involved in the deal. Bowden reports that the Braves are getting back a major league reliever and another minor league pitcher. Morse and the compensation pick will go to the Braves, Rosenthal says.
Whether Brigham (in initial trade) is still headed to the Marlins is unclear, however, no reports have suggested otherwise.
Original Story: The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired right-handed starter Mat Latos and first baseman and outfielder Michael Morse from the Miami Marlins for three pitching prospects, Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times first reported on Wednesday.
The Marlins will reportedly receive three pitching prospects, including Jeff Brigham, in the deal, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. The Dodgers will also reportedly receive a competitive balance selection in the 2016 MLB Draft. Currently, that is the 35th selection, but could rise due to players given qualifying offers.
Latos is the obvious centerpiece of this deal, even though there are many interesting angles. The Dodgers have needed starting pitching, and while Latos isn't the frontline starter they have wanted, they definitely will be getting an upgrade for the back end of their rotation.
Los Angeles could still add another starter between now and Friday's 4 PM non-waiver trade deadline and will have their options cut out for them. David Price and Cole Hamels appear to be the top two starters still on the market and it is expected that the Dodgers will be in the running for both.
If the Dodgers don't land Price or Hamels, they will still get a solid addition in the 27-year-old Latos, who is going to be joining his fourth team in only parts of seven big league seasons.
This season, Latos is 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA (despite a much better 3.34 FIP) in 16 starts. He has pitched 88 1/3 innings, working to a 79 to 25 strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.16 K/BB).
He is in his last arbitration season this year after signing a one-year, $9.4 million deal this offseason, meaning that he will be a free agent when the year is over.
The Dodgers also received Morse, who was likely included for salary balancing purposes. Morse is earning $16 million through 2016, so obviously the Marlins wanted to deal his contract away. He does have some power value in his bat, so the Dodgers could try and flip him while eating some money.
While the full return to Miami isn't known, the Dodgers will likely be keeping the upper echelon of their farm system, as Morse's inclusion also likely allowed the team to spend less for Latos than a team who was taking him on in full.