The Dodgers' reported acquisition of Mat Latos and Michael Morse from the Marlins has reportedly become a lot more complicated. Borrowing a page from their winter meetings playbook, the Dodgers are reportedly engaged in a three-team trade with the Marlins and Braves, per multiple reports.
The Dodgers appear to be receiving a total of six players: Latos and Morse from the Marlins, pitchers Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the Braves, and minor league infielder Jose Peraza.
The Dodgers are sending Paco Rodriguez and minor league pitcher Zachary Bird (per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports) to the Braves (per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com), plus Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman to the Marlins (per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com).
The Braves will also get the Competitive Balance draft pick from the Marlins.
There is a lot to unpack here, namely that the deal isn't yet official. But this looks like the Dodgers using their biggest advantage, cash, to acquire talent.
The Dodgers took on nearly $15 million in Morse and Latos.
Jim Johnson is making $1.6 million this year, with roughly $586,000 remaining. Avilan is making close to league minimum, and won't be a free agent until after 2018. Wood the same, though he has an extra year of control, through 2019.
Olivera signed a $62.5 million deal in May, but that included a $28 million signing bonus that is already earned. He has roughly $732,000 remaining on his $2 million salary in 2015, then $32.5 million for the next five seasons.
None of the four minor leaguers given up by the Dodgers are too highly ranked (more on them later), so the Dodgers essentially paid $45 million to acquire two starting pitchers, two relievers, including one of each they can keep well beyond 2015, plus an infield prospect in Peraza who was ranked the 26th-best prospect in baseball at midseason by Baseball America.
More details to follow, obviously, but for now it looks like the Dodgers used their most abundant resource to add several assets.