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    Mat Latos was sent down, a reminder of how fleeting MLB success can be...

    Mat Latos was sent down, a reminder of how fleeting MLB success can be - CBSSports.com


    A relatively minor transaction was announced by the Blue Jays Monday, when pitcher Mat Latos was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. He had the right to elect free agency, but instead he accepted the assignment to the minors. Team that with the fact that Latos is only 29 years old and it got me thinking that Latos' career is a perfect illustration just how hard it is to have a very good and long career in Major League Baseball.

    Latos was a full-time starter for the first time in 2010. Through 2013, he'd put together four straight healthy and overall pretty damn good seasons. It was fair to say he was among the best starters in baseball who hadn't (yet) made an All-Star team. He was 51-35 with a 3.27 ERA (116 ERA+) and averaging 200 innings per season. That's not an ace, but it is a mid-rotation -- or even a number two -- workhorse. He was an integral part of two straight Reds playoff teams.

    Think about a pitcher with that sort of resume heading into free agency. Ian Kennedy's last four seasons before free agency were considerably worse and he got five years and $70 million, just to name one example.

    It really looked like Latos was on track to getting close to nine figures.
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    Latos problem is between his ears................well maybe one other place too.

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    To busy making noise in the clubhouse to focus on pitching.

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    Career earnings of $25 million over 9 years

    71-59 all time win-loss record. He even went 7-3 in 2016. 3 14-win seasons.

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    His wife is smoking hot, wonder if she has spent most of that $25M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qryche11 View Post
    His wife is smoking hot, wonder if she has spent most of that $25M.
    And she's nuts.

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