The Chicago White Sox have signed Mat Latos to a contract, pending a physical. The terms are reported as one year for three million dollars – or basically nothing in MLB terms. The move is an inexpensive risk for a player to compete for the number five slot in the rotation with Erik Johnson and Jacob Turner.
Latos, once a 4.3 bWAR pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds (2012) will now be in his fifth different uniform in two years. After being traded in last year’s offseason from the Reds to the Miami Marlins, he had an injury-plagued season. He was part of a multi-player trade right before the trade deadline to the Los Angeles Dodgers where he only made five starts before being designated for assignment. The Los Angeles Angels then picked up Latos in September as a piece seemingly only for depth.
Latos was once one of the very promising young pitchers after developing with the San Diego Padres and moved in a blockbuster trade to the Reds. Whether it is due to injuries, performance or a negative clubhouse presence, being on five different teams in two years generally is not a positive trait, but with this signing the White Sox have added a depth piece to their starting rotation, and for the price reported it seems like a risk worth taking.