Latos loses in arbitration
This isn’t really a Reds story anymore, but still one I found interesting. Former Reds starter Mat Latos — now with the Marlins — reportedly lost his arbitration hearing on Thursday.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick broke the story and MLB.com Marlins writer Joe Frisaro confirmed it. Latos will earn $9.4 million in 2015 but was seeking $10.4 million and earned $7.25 million last season. He can be a free agent after the season. The Marlins have not made any announcements as of yet.
Click here for Frisaro’s story:
Injuries, I’m guessing, hurt Latos’ case. Conversely, Mike Leake avoided arbitration last month and will earn more than Latos at $9.775 million this season. Leake also missed no starts and pitched 214 1/3 innings.
Latos was limited to 16 starts last season. After having October 2013 surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, he suffered torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee just before camp opened and needed surgery. He then had some setbacks that included a strained flexor mass tendon in his right forearm. After making his 2014 debut in June, he finished 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA but also ended his season early when his right elbow had a bone bruise.
In December, the Reds traded Latos to the Marlins for RHP Anthony DeSclafani and Minor League catcher Chad Wallach.