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By Jonathan Ebanks, Marlins Correspondent, Thu, Jan 22nd 10:51am EST

Pitcher Mat Latos and the Miami Marlins remained $1 million apart on arbitration deal negotiations. Mat Latos filed for $10.4 million, while the team filed for $9.4 million. (Source: Marlin Maniac)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors projected Latos to earn only $8.4 million this year, so both of those figures seem high. Latos was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for prospects Anthony DeSclafani and Chad Wallach. Latos had a 3.25 ERA over 102 1/3 innings with 6.5 strikeouts and 2.3 walks per nine innings in 2014. Latos was good overall in 2014, but Jeff Zimmerman of Fangraphs had empirically concluded that Latos' pitch velocity is unlikely to ever return, so the heat he threw towards the beginning of his burgeoning MLB career seems to be gone for good. In 2012 and 2013, Latos struck out 8.0 hitters per nine innings, so the velocity dip last season reflects the decline in strikeouts. All things considered, the Marlins will win arbitration and Latos will earn $9.4 million in 2015. That salary would be fully covered by the Dodgers with the money they sent to Miami if Dan Haren can't be traded.

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.