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By Jeff Rosenberg, Marlins Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 12:17pm EST

Continuing their scale-up from 2014 to 2015, the Miami Marlins agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Reds on a trade that sends RHP Anthony DeScalfani and C Chad Wallach to Cincinnati in exchange for SP Mat Latos. Latos, a South Florida native who attended Coconut Creek High School and Broward Community College before being drafted by the San Diego Padres, enters his final season of arbitration and could be a free agent at the end of the 2015 season. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: With Jose Fernandez likely to miss most of the first half of the season Latos is a shoe-in to start the year as Miami's ace. Latos missed the first half of 2014 with issues in his right elbow, but finished the season going 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 74 Ks in 102.1 IP over 16 starts. A full offseason of rest coupled with a switch from the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark to the spacious Marlins Stadium bodes well for an improved year for Latos. Latos projects as a Top 25 SP in 2015.

By Jonathan Ebanks, Marlins Correspondent, Fri, Dec 12th 12:51pm EST

The Miami Marlins acquired P Mat Latos in a deal with the Cincinnati Reds. Latos will likely enter the Marlins' rotation as their second starter for 2015. (Source: Cincinnati Enquirer)

Fantasy Impact: With Latos set to make over $10 million in 2015 and other Reds' pitchers Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, and Alfredo Simon about to hit the market, the Reds' needed to free up some funds to try and get back Cueto and Leake. Simon was also traded on Thursday and the Reds managed to save at least $17 million while getting five players in return in their dealings. Latos also gets to return home. The Coconut Creek, FL native played for Broward Community College in 2005 before the Padres drafted him in 2006. Expect Latos' fantasy value to rise a bit since he is leaving a hitters' park for a pitchers' park. He'll provide owners with mid-round value in 2015.

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MLB.com | Dec 17th, 2:00pm
Mat Latos' playing career is coming full circle. The 27-year-old, who grew up a Marlins fan and played high school and college ball in South Florida, is now looking to help take his hometown big league team to the next level.