Mat Latos, the Reds marquis acquisition of a winter ago, has pitched in the bigs for 639 innings over four years. He has three more years of team control (2013, 2014, and 2015) in which he will be able to earn gradually more money (the estimate of arbitration is 20%, 40%, and 60% of his "true market" worth).

According to John Fay, Mat Latos has at least the next two years figured out. He'll get paid $4.7 Million this year and $7.25 Million in 2014. He will be under the Reds' control in 2015, but he has no contract with them figured out quite yet. Don't worry about it, it's way in the future.

Basically this deal Sounds About Right. Barring a long-term deal, getting a stud pitcher for agreeable rates is pretty much the best possible solution. Latos gets to see his first giddily-large checks come in with a wishbone C in the corner, the Reds get Latos' still-young, still-live arm for the next couple of years. Maybe now Latos can check out area rescue shelters for new pets, perhaps even doing uncomfortable advertisements for the local chapter of Orphans of the Storm ("Hey Kids. I hate San Francisco, but I love Scottish Folds. Now get yerself a goddam cat.").