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Dodgers designate pitcher Mat Latos for assignment

Less than two months after acquiring him, the Dodgers have parted ways with the right-hander.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated pitcher Mat Latos for assignment, the team announced yesterday:

Los Angeles acquired Latos from the Marlins in a three-team trade on July 30. He made six appearances with the Dodgers, five of them starts, posting a 6.66 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 24⅓ innings, with six walks and 18 strikeouts. For the season, he has a 4.95 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 112⅔ innings of work.

Latos lost his spot in the Dodgers starting rotation after a start on September 3 against the Padres in which he allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings of work. His last appearance with Los Angeles was on September 15 when he allowed a home run to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado in the 16th inning of a 5-4 Dodgers loss.

The Dodgers designated Latos to make room on their 40-man roster for pitcher Carlos Frias, who was on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury since June 30. Frias has made a dozen starts and a pair of relief appearances for Los Angeles this season, posting a 4.39 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 69⅔ innings with 24 walks and 40 strikeouts. However, Frias' 4.28 FIP is actually worse than Latos' 4.01 FIP with the Dodgers. He will take on a role in Los Angeles' bullpen.

Assuming he is either claimed by a team or elects free agency, he will be headed to his fourth team since 2014, and third this season.