UPDATE (8:40 PM EST) -- The Marlins, Dodgers and Braves are working on a three-team deal that involves Latos and Morse, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post adding that "significant pieces" are involved.
Sherman reports that the Dodgers are likely to receive a young starting pitcher from Atlanta in the deal who is major-league ready. Candidates for that include Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Matt Wisler and Mike Foltynewicz. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro notes that Miami is still expected to receive three pitching prospects in the deal, with one expected to be Dodgers' right-hander Jeff Brigham.
Latos was informed early today that he is headed to the Dodgers, according to a source. Brigham has not yet been informed of any deal. The three-team deal, as it stands, looks to be a complicated and significant one that will develop throughout the night.
ORIGINAL -- The Dodgers have acquired right-hander Mat Latos from the Marlins, a source has confirmed to SB Nation. Outfielder Mike Morse is also expected to be traded to the Dodgers, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, who reports that the Dodgers will also acquire a competitive balance pick.
According to reports, Miami will receive three prospects in the deal. One of those prospects appears to be right-hander Jeff Brigham, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Brigham was removed from his start last night after just 2.1 innings.
Latos, 27, is the first rotation pickup for the Dodgers, who have been known to be looking at many starting pitching options on the open market and have been involved in talks for Cole Hamels and Yovani Gallardo. The soon-to-be free agent has pitched to a 4-7 record and 4.48 ERA in sixteen starts with the Marlins so far this year and will provide the Dodgers with an arm in the wake of season-ending injuries to Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy.
Morse, 33, has hit just .214/.277/.314 with four homers in 52 games for the Marlins, but seems to be a weird fit for the Dodgers considering their outfield and first base depth. Los Angeles is taking on the remaining portion of his salary for the next two years (about $11 million), so they are likely buying the slugger in order to lower the prospect price and partially pay for the competitive balance pick.
The Dodgers have bought a pick before, by taking on Ryan Webb's salary from the Orioles and then immediately releasing him after acquiring him along with a competitive draft pick. The acquisition of Morse appears to be along the same lines, though we do not know the identity of two of the three minor-leaguers being dealt to Miami.
Brigham, 23, is currently ranked by MLB.com as the 28th-best prospect in the Dodgers' system. The former fourth-round pick (2013) had Tommy John surgery before being drafted and has struggled a bit in his first two professional seasons, posting a 4.93 ERA in 30 appearances (24 starts). He is currently with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.