Report: Nationals sign Mat Latos to a minor league deal

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Pitcher Mat Latos told Bruce Levine of 670 The Score that he signed a minor league contract with the Nationals, pending a physical. He’ll likely report to Triple-A Syracuse.

Latos, 28, was designated for assignment and later released by the White Sox earlier this month. After a few good starts early in the season, Latos struggled mightily, ultimately leaving Chicago with a 4.62 ERA with a 32/25 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings.

Considering Latos’ strikeout rate is way down and his walk rate is way up, it doesn’t seem like he can be a mid-rotation starter anymore, but he can at least provide starting pitching depth for the Nationals.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.