Report: Blue Jays Sign Mat Latos

The Blue Jays appear to have bolstered their starting pitching depth, though Latos could also offer support for the bullpen.

In an update to last night’s story, the Blue Jays have reportedly come to an agreement with free agent Mat Latos. Ben Nicholson-Smith has the scoop:

The minor league deal will likely pencil Latos into the 6th starter role in Buffalo. Here is what we wrote about Latos yesterday.

Latos presents an intriguing option for the Jays. At first glance, he can offer immediate help on the starting pitching front. The Jays are currently faced with a dilemma, as Mike Bolsinger is out of options, and Joe  Biagini may be too valuable to take out of the bullpen. Latos is admittedly no longer the starter that he was from 2009 to 2014. Even so, he does bring a strong resume of starting pitching experience at the MLB level, which is more than the team has in a potential sixth starter right now.

On the other hand, Latos could transition to the bullpen. As a starter, Latos saw his fastball drop to 90.8 MPH, which is a considerable drop from the 94.1 MPH that he debuted with. Perhaps he would be able to regain some form while throwing fewer innings. Latos has also thrown his slider far less in recent seasons. Pete Walker may be able to incorporate that pitch into Latos’ portfolio as a reliever.

What do you think of this move? Is Latos enough to fill the void in starting pitching depth, or should the Jays still try to add another pitcher?

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