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Blue Jays sign Mat Latos to minor-league deal

04 SEP 2016 Washington Nationals starting pitcher Mat Latos during the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals played at Citi Field in Flushing,NY Rich Graessle Icon Sportswire
Melinda Barton | 17 February, 2017, 01:08

The Blue Jays are far along in discussions with right-handed pitcher Mat Latos, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.

While there's no guarantee the sides reach a deal, the Blue Jays have been in contact with Latos in recent weeks as they've rounded out their pitching staff. The 29-year-old right-hander holds no fantasy relevance at this point in his career. Latos should be left on the waiver wire to start the season.

Latos originally broke into the major leagues as a member of the San Diego Padres back in 2009. From that point on, he has played for five Major League Baseball organizations and posted an ERA of 4.93. Four more stellar campaigns followed, but he struggled in the two seasons after being traded to the Marlins in December of 2014. He started only 12 times and made a career high 8 appearances in relief. Latos will operate as organizational rotation depth for Toronto in 2017 after posting a 4.89 ERA, 1.486 WHIP, and 42/30 K/BB ratio in 70 innings last season between the White Sox and Nationals.

Nevertheless, all 30 teams in the league need to have depth in their starting rotation and there is a lack of strong alternatives for Toronto in that area.