Mat Latos and Michael Morse were still in the Marlins clubhouse as the team prepared for its 12:10 p.m. game against the Nationals Thursday afternoon.
But according to reports and tweets by MLB.com, a three-team trade that would send the two players to the Dodgers as part of a three-team trade also involving the Braves could be imminent.
MLB.com is reporting that the proposed deal would send Latos and Morse to the Dodgers, who would also acquire closer Jim Johnson, starting pitcher Alex Wood, infield prospect Jose Peraza and reliever Luis Avilan from the Braves.
The Marlins would get three minor league pitchers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman from the Dodgers, who would pick up the remaining $14.3 million in salaries owed to Latos and Morse. The Braves would pick up Cuban infielder Hector Olivera and pitcher Paco Rodriguez from the Dodgers. Atlanta would also receive the Marlins’ Competitive Balance Round A pick in next year’s draft, which is slated at No. 35 overall.
All three prospects the Marlins would get have been playing at the Single-A level this season.
Brigham, a 23-year old, 6-0, 200-pound right-handed pitcher from Washington, is 6-5 with a 5.52 ERA in 14 starts combined at both the Class-A and advanced Class-A level. He had 75 strikeouts in 75 innings and has a 1.97 strikeout to walk ratio.
Guzman, a 20-year old, 6-3, 165-pound Venezuelan righty, is 5-7 this season with a 3.90 ERA in 83 innings pitched.
Araujo, a 22-year old, 5-11, 171-pound Dominican righty, went 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA as a reliever in 32 appearances (50 innings).
“I know about as much as you guys do,” said Latos when speaking briefly to reporters. “I’m just employee No. 35 [jersey number with the Marlins] and I’m showing up to work.”
Latos, 27, is 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA this season. But the Coconut Creek High alum has turned in four consecutive quality starts with at least six innings and three or less runs and has a 2.08 ERA over that span. Latos has a 2.96 ERA over his past seven starts since June 13 when he came off the disabled list (knee inflammation).
Morse, 33, hit just .214 with four homers and 12 RBI in 52 games, and hit .091 in 22 at-bats against lefties this year, with no homers and no RBI. At Marlins Park, Morse hit .149 with no homers, had a .171 on-base percentage and a .176 slugging average. Morse also suffered a sprained right finger injury on May 24, which contributed to his struggles.