The Dodgers announced on Twitter that the club has released starter Mat Latos. The right-hander had been designated for assignment on September 17.
Latos joined the Dodgers from the Marlins in a three-team swap that also involved the Braves at the trade deadline. He posted dreadful numbers over five starts and one relief appearance, compiling a 6.66 ERA with an 18/6 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings. His numbers with the Marlins weren’t much better, leaving the team with a 4.48 ERA and a 79/25 K/BB ratio over 88 1/3 innings.
Latos, 27, is eligible for free agency after the season.
Atlanta Braves All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman is sick with COVID-19. Really sick. According to his manager, Brian Snitker, Freeman is “not feeling great.” His wife paints a darker picture than that.
Freeman’s wife posted on Instagram that Freeman has “body aches, headaches, chills and a high fever.” She said “He is someone who literally never gets sick and this virus hit him like a ton of bricks,” she said. “We’ve been really strict for the last 4 months,” she wrote. “Haven’t gone to a grocery store, haven’t gone out to dinner once, haven’t seen our friends … and still got it.” She added, “Please take this virus seriously, wear a mask when in public and wash you hands frequently.”
Freeman is not the only Braves player felled by the virus: teammates Will Smith, Touki Toussaint, and Pete Kozma, tested positive for COVID-19 this past week as well.
Freeman, 30, is a four-time All-Star who set career highs with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs last season to help Atlanta win its second straight NL East title. He also won the Silver Slugger Award. Given that he is sick and symptomatic now, it’s likely that he will not be ready to begin the truncated 2020 season as scheduled.