Tag: Michael Morse


The extraordinarily odd, 13-player Dodgers-Marlins-Braves trade is done


It took a day and change to make it happen, but Mat Latos is finally going to Los Angeles. And a heck of a lot of other players are moving around too as that Dodgers-Marlins-Braves trade is finally done, per Ken Rosenthal. The deal, which has changed some since last night:

  • To the Dodgers: Starter Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse from the Marlins and starter Alex Wood, relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, and infield prospect Jose Peraza from the Braves. Also from the Braves: Bronson Arroyo, who likely wasn’t going to pitch at all this year anyway and appears to be a financial move for Atlanta more than anything;
  • To the Braves: Infielder Hector Olivera, left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez, and minor league pitcher Zachary Bird from the Dodgers and Miami’s 2016 Competitive Balance Draft pick (34th overall); and
  • To the Marlins: Minor league pitchers  Kevin Guzman, Jeff Brigham and Victor Araujo as well as cash.

For the Dodgers, the moves are obvious: bolstering the starting pitching, with both Latos and Wood presumably moving into the rotation and Johnson and Avilan moving in to bolster the bullpen. Peraza is an interesting piece who will likely go to Oklahoma City. I have no idea what they plan to do with Michael Morse.

The Marlins save cash and get kids. That’s generally the reason for any Marlins move.

The Braves? Man, I dunno. Olivera is an intriguing piece who has been raking at Triple-A. But he’s 30, so it’s not like he’s the sort of guy who will anchor their infield for years and years. Obviously Alex Wood and any other pitcher is an injury risk and the Braves have other infield prospects apart from Peraza, but that seems an awful lot to give up for, basically, one guy, a draft pick, a couple of random arms and some financial relief. On the bright side, taking on a 30-year-old centerpiece suggests that the Braves believe they will be competitive relatively soon.

Also: how about the Braves losing Arroyo? Which means that they picked up Touki Toussaint from the Diamondbacks for virtually nothing. That’s not too shabby.

There David Price, Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto deals were bigger in star power, but there likely will be no bigger deal in sheer mass than this one at the 2015 deadline.

Dodgers, Marlins, Braves trade involving Mat Latos “simply being held up by paperwork”

Mat Latos

UPDATE, 10:24 PM ET: According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the three pitching prospects headed to the Marlins are Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo, and Kevin Guzman.


9:45 PM ET: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has the updated outline …


8:53 PM ET: Los Angeles is also getting top Braves prospect Jose Peraza, tweets Mark Bowman of MLB.com. This is a massive, complicated trade.


8:47 PM ET: That starter heading from Atlanta to Los Angeles would be left-hander Alex Wood, according to Rosenthal and Morosi. And the Dodgers would also get current Braves closer Jim Johnson. In return, they’d receive Morse and a compensation pick.


8:44 PM ET: Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing the Braves will send a young starting pitcher to the Dodgers. Sherman says it would be someone who could slot into the Los Angeles starting rotation right now.


8:22 PM ET: That third team is the Braves, per Rosenthal. They wouldn’t be a fit at all for Morse. This trade may look completely different than some earlier reportings after all is said and done.


8:20 PM ET: According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, there is indeed a third team involved. Which probably has something to do with Morse. Still some moving parts here, but it does sound close.


7:28 PM ET: Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the deal is simply being held up by paperwork. Sounds like we’ll be hearing something official soon.


5:21 PM ET: Not so fast, my friends. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the trade sending Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Dodgers “could be falling apart.” He says that Latos and Morse are still in the Marlins’ clubhouse. Marlins manager Dan Jennings said this afternoon that he hadn’t heard about the trade being close. It’s been reported this afternoon that the Dodgers are trying to flip Morse to a third team, so that could be the holdup. It’s also possible, perhaps, that David Price being made available is making the Dodgers rethink. But we can’t know, really. Stay tuned. Fasten your seatbelts. Etc.


11:51 AM ET: In the market for starting pitching help and always willing to take on some unwanted salary to get a deal done, the Dodgers have acquired right-hander Mat Latos, first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse, and a competitive balance draft pick from the Marlins for three minor leaguers.

Latos is the guy in this deal the Dodgers wanted. After a rough start to the season he’s turned things around with a 2.96 ERA and 43/9 K/BB ratio in his last seven starts. Latos has durability issues and seems to rub people the wrong way wherever he goes, but he’s a 27-year-old starter with a 3.43 career ERA and immediately upgrades the Dodgers’ rotation behind aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Morse is a potentially valuable player too, but the Dodgers have an All-Star first baseman in Adrian Gonzalez and a crowded outfield already, so his inclusion in the deal is mostly about the Marlins wanting to shed his $8 million salary for 2016. Morse signed a two-year, $16 million deal with Miami this offseason, but has hit just .214 with a .592 OPS in 52 games at age 33.

The value of the draft pick heading the Dodgers’ way shouldn’t be overlooked, because it’s basically a late first-round pick in the top 40 overall. A first-round pick going from a rebuilding team to a contending team doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then again it is the Marlins and the Dodgers are happy to buy something valuable that was handed out in the name of “competitive balance.”

No word yet on the three minor leaguers headed to the Marlins.

Marlins option Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A

Marcell Ozuna

Following another 0-for-3 performance in Sunday’s loss to the Cubs, the Marlins optioned outfielder Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A New Orleans. Ozuna was mired in a dreadful slump, going hitless in five consecutive games and in nine of his last 10 games.

It’s still a surprising move as Ozuna was their starting center fielder and has a still-salvageable .249/.301/.337 triple-slash line with four home runs and 26 RBI. Plus, it isn’t as if the Marlins have an obvious candidate to push into the outfield in Ozuna’s absence. Fourth outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has hit worse than Ozuna.

Justin Bour has been swinging a hot bat and the struggling Marlins likely want to keep his bat in the lineup. Michael Morse was activated from the disabled list and may see time in left field rather than at first base going forward.