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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE FALLOUT: MAT LATOS/MIKE MORSE HEAD WEST TO A PLAYOFF RACE



The always aggressive Los Angeles Dodgers made their first sizable move leading up to this Friday's MLB trade deadline, acquiring both SP Mat Latos and first baseman Mike Morse from the Miami Marlins Wednesday.  While not a blockbuster, the move does help address some back-end rotation struggles in Latos and also supply some added power for the bench in Morse.  In terms of fantasy baseball, let's see how the move impacts the principles involved.

Mat Latos:  Latos clearly is the headliner in the deal and the veteran has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball over the last month which coincided with his return from the disabled list.  Overall Latos goes West with a cumulative 4.48 ERA and 1.25 WHIP while striking out 79 in 88.1 innings pitched.  However those numbers are deceiving as Latos has pitched to a splendid 2.96 ERA and struck out 43 batters in 45.2 and only 9 walks since coming off the DL.  Clearly the pre-DL version of Latos was inhibited by injury and not pitching like the firm SP 2 he was during his stay with the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres.  Latos seems like he is back at that level as evidence by his numbers from pronouncing himself healthy coming off the DL and the Dodgers are certainly buying at the right time here.  What is even more attractive is the fact Latos gets to remain in a prime pitcher's park moving from Miami to Dodgers Stadium.  Both parks are among the most pitcher-friendly in baseball and Latos' propensity for giving up home runs is minimized there.  Overall the trade doesn't change Latos' current fantasy baseball value but he should have been picked up off waivers by now if anyone dropped him earlier in the season.

Mike Morse:  Morse has become a sort of de factor hired home run gun as he has spent time with the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants (not to mention Seattle) over the last two seasons.  Signed by Miami as a free agent to man first base this season, Morse once again lost the battle to injuries as went on the DL early in the year and struggled at the dish in hitting an awful .214 with only 4 home runs in 159 at-bats.  Morse will be a spare part with the Dodgers, seeing his best chance of swinging the bat as a late inning pinch hitter and sometime starter.  He should not be owned in any fantasy baseball format.

There you have it.  As always we will dissect all of the upcoming trades leading up to the deadline this Friday. 

 

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