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Mat+Latos+Cincinnati+Reds+v+St+Louis+Cardinals+8MIp5XrbtZLlTuesday the Chicago White Sox added an arm in Mat Latos. They signed him to a 1 year deal worth $3 million which is a steal in my opinion if he stays healthy. The White Sox are hoping he can have a bounce back season from his 4-10 record with a 4.95 era from last season as he split his time between the Dodgers, Angels and Marlins. Rotation depth was an obvious concern, beyond the starting 5 of Sale, Quintana, Rodon, Danks, and Erik Johnson the White Sox have a shortage of pitchers who have pitched in the major leagues and this signing will be a great help just in case of an injury to the rotation.

RickHahnRick Hahn Senior vice president/general manager said “Mat adds another quality veteran arm to our rotation and also increases our overall pitching depth, which is always essential to having a successful season” This is a solid addition for cheap it’s worth checking out and if this doesn’t work between the two not alot of money was spent.

Latos has long appeared to be one of the better bounce-back options on this year’s market, as he’s only just turned 28 and has established a rather lofty ceiling in the majors. The Bledsoe Agency client does come with some health concerns. Over the past 2 seasons combined Latos has dealt with elbow issues while tallying just 218 2/3 innings over the past two seasons.

Photo by: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In the case of Latos, though, it is not only health concerns and durability issues that the White Sox may be concerned with. There may have been some hesitation about adding a player who has developed a questionable reputation in his many prior clubhouses.

Latos has every incentive to get himself back on track, and the upside is significant. Other than his struggles as a rookie and his troubles last year, the big righty has been a major contributor. In over 900 innings between 2010 and 2014, he has pitched to a 3.27 ERA with 8.2 K/9 against 2.6 BB/9.

Looking more closely at his efforts last year, it’s easy to see cause to look past an unsightly 4.95 ERA. All major ERA estimators valued him as a sub-4.00 pitcher, and he not only recovered velocity from 2014, but improved over his early-season results as the year wore on. Latos posed a swinging strike rate (9.9%) that lines up with his earlier years’ work. It is like Vegas, except what has happened to Latos didn’t stay in Vegas. He has been well documented and he has had success and failures. The question is, is $3MM worth the risk?

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