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Dodgers reportedly acquire Mat Latos, Michael Morse from Marlins

Mat Latos, then playing for Miami, delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago Cubs on July 5. He is scheduled to make his Dodgers debut on Sunday.

Mat Latos, then playing for Miami, delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago Cubs on July 5. He is scheduled to make his Dodgers debut on Sunday.

(Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)
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The Dodgers have begun their attempt to bolster their rotation, and if it isn’t that significant ace, it’s still a nice upgrade.

According to multiple reports, the Dodgers are exercising their financial muscle once again, acquiring right-hander Mat Latos, first baseman-outfielder Michael Morse and a competitive first-round pick from the Miami Marlins for three minor leaguers.

The Dodgers have yet to confirm the reports.

For the Marlins, the deal amounts to a familiar salary dump, but the Dodgers get a much needed solid starter in the 27-year-old Latos, who can become a free agent at the end of the season.

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Latos has made 16 starts for the Marlins this season, going 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He has pitched better recently, going 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA in his last four starts.

For his seven-year career, Latos is 64-52 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.

Morse lost his job at first base to Justin Bour after he hit just .214 with 12 RBI. Miami signed him the off-season to a two-year, $16-million deal.

The nonwaiver trade deadline ends Friday, so the Dodgers are presumably still trying to work out a deal for the Phillies’ Cole Hamels or the Tigers’ David Price.

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