Mat Latos has agreed a deal worth US $3 million for a year with the Chicago White Sox. White Sox manager Robin Ventura will now have another option in Latos at the back end of his rotation.
Mat Latos was sensational with Cincinnati Reds in 2012 and 2013. The 28-year-old had consecutive 14-win seasons with the Major League Baseball (MLB) team. However, the pitcher hasn’t been able to replicate the success in recent years. The 6-foot-6 right-handler played for Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last season with a record of 4-10 and an earned run average (ERA) of 4.95.
Mat Latos pitched at a velocity of 93-96 mph in 2012 and it dipped to 92-93 last season. He also suffered a knee inflammation from May 23 to June 12 which placed him on the disabled list.
“Matt adds another quality veteran arm to our rotation and also increases our overall pitching depth, which always is essential to having a successful season.” Rock Hahn, general manager of the White Sox said, as reported by TSN.
Mat Latos has a controversial history. Back in 2014, when he was traded from Cincinnati to Miami Marlins, the pitcher made some remarks about the Reds training staff and criticized the lack of leadership at the clubhouse. The Reds disputed the assertion.
Meanwhile, White Sox declared that first baseman Travis Ishikawa has agreed a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. Ishikawa featured for San Francisco Giants and Pittsburg Pirates last season with .206 batting including one homer and eight RBIs in 44 games.
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