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Blue Jays linked to Mat Latos, Dan Haren

Toronto has been looking to add at least one starting arm before the July 31st deadline.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (11:45 AM) -- The Jays have zero interest in Latos, but would consider his teammate Dan Haren, according to a report from's Jerry Crasnick.


UPDATE (11:40 AM) -- Latos is near the bottom of the Jays' priority list and the team has had no serious discussions with the Marlins, according to a report from Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star.


ORIGINAL -- The interest in Mat Latos is beginning to heat up, with a number of teams beginning to express a willingness to acquire the Miami righty. One of those teams is the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

It wasn't the most ideal start for Latos with Marlins, who opened the year 0-3 with a 10.24 ERA. Since those three starts, Latos has settled into a nice groove, sporting a 3.72 ERA with a 4-3 record in 72.2 innings.

The Toronto rotation is a rather interesting one to look at. Leading the way is Mark Buehrle with a 3.23 ERA and an 11-5 record. 40-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has been somewhat disappointing, going 3-10 with a 4.70 ERA.  Drew Hutchison's 9-2 record is a bit misleading, as he has a 5.19 ERA.  Aaron Sanchez had looked good before getting hurt, and the team has turned to others like Daniel Norris and Felix Doubront for starts here and there.

Latos would be able to slide right in towards the top of the rotation behind Buehrle and give the Jays a bit more depth there if another injury were to hit or if guys like Dickey and Hutchison can't turn it around.

The 27-year-old is a free agent at the end of the year, and the Marlins may want to get whatever they can get back for him. It was just this past December that they traded Chad Wallach and Anthony DeSclafani, with the hope that he could lead the Marlins' rotation into contention. It hasn't quite played out that way with injuries and under-performances, and the Marlins may look to get even in terms of prospects by the time July 31st comes around.