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Angels sign right-hander Mat Latos

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Mat Latos was given his official release by the Dodgers over the weekend and it didn’t take him long to find a new home, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that he has signed a contract with the Angels.

It’s a bit odd to see such a move with only a few days remaining in the season, but the Angels could use some depth with the uncertainty surrounding Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker. Because Latos wasn’t with the organization by August 31, he wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason if the Angels make it that far.

Latos, 27, has posted a 4.95 ERA and 97/31 K/BB ratio over 112 2/3 innings this season between the Marlins and Dodgers. He’s due to become a free agent this winter.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.