Marlins defeat Mat Latos in arbitration hearing

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Mat Latos and the Marlins couldn’t settle on a 2015 salary, so they went through with an arbitration hearing and the ruling was in favor of the team.

That means Latos will make $9.4 million in his final season before free agency, rather than the $10.4 million he requested.

Latos, whom the Marlins acquired from the Reds in December for minor leaguers Chad Wallach and Anthony DeSclafani, was limited to 16 starts last season due to multiple injuries. He posted his usual 3.25 ERA for his fifth straight season with a sub-3.50 ERA, and is probably 25-30 healthy starts away from a $100 million-plus contract.

Red Sox hire Jerry Narron as bench coach

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The Red Sox announced that Jerry Narron will be the team’s bench coach this year.

Narron will join interim manager Ron Roenicke in the dugout to lead Boston’s coaching staff. The two previously worked together in the same roles from 2011 to 2015, during Roenicke’s tenure as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. Narron most recently spent the last three years as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks. He also has managerial experience with both the Rangers (2001-2002) and Reds (2005-2007).

The Mets reportedly considered hiring Narron this winter as a possible bench coach for then-manager Carlos Beltran, before ultimately going with Hensley Meulens.

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