Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 4/7/12
The Cincinnati Reds had to give up plenty to acquire Mat Latos in the offseason, but general manager Walt Jocketty was certain that having Johnny Cueto and the young right-hander at the top of the rotation would make a significant impact. Cueto did on Opening Day, and now it's Latos' turn. Latos makes his Reds debut Saturday night at Great American Ball Bark, where he'll face a light-hitting Miami Marlins team trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2001. After their starters ranked 13th in the NL last season with a 4.47 ERA, the Reds knew they had to make some changes if they were going to regain the top spot in the NL Central. On Dec. 17, Cincinnati dealt starter Edinson Volquez and former first-round picks Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal to San Diego to acquire Latos. The 24-year-old Latos, who tied a major league record by allowing two or fewer runs in 15 consecutive starts in 2010, went 9-14 with a 3.47 ERA last season. "To acquire a pitcher who is ready to fit into t...
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