The Angels have made an unusual late-inning addition, signing right-hander Mat Latos to a major-league deal for the rest of the season. Latos will not be eligible for the postseason, but will provide depth for the Halos for last week of the regular season.
Latos, 27, will join his third team of the season after spending time with the Marlins and Dodgers to this point. He has posted a 4.95 ERA in 22 starts (21 appearances), being traded twice since December and will hit free agency for the first time this offseason. He was designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Dodgers last week.
Latos will provide much-needed pitching depth for the Angels, who are dealing with injuries to starters Matt Shoemaker and Jered Weaver as well as relievers Joe Smith and Huston Street. Latos will be eligible to pitch in the team's last seven games and a tiebreaker game, if necessary, and may get a start or eat some bullpen innings as the team tries to make a playoff push.
The Angels are Latos' fifth team in seven seasons, joining the Padres (2009-2011), Reds (2012-2014), Marlins (2015) and Dodgers (2015). He was considered one of the best young pitchers in the game during his time in San Diego and Cincinnati, but has steadily declined over the last few years and is a candidate to sign a one-year, incentive-laden contract with a team looking for rotation help this offseason.