by Tom Morgan

Twp days before the MLB trade deadline, the Miami Marlins traded starter Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse to the Dodgers in three-way deal involving the Atlanta Braves. 

According to multiple outlets, Miami acquires pitching prospects Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman. 

Atlanta sent lefty starter Alex Wood, closer Jim Johnson, reliever Luis Avilan and minor league infielder Jose Peraza to the Dodgers. 

The Braves get Cuban minor league infielder Hector Olivera, minor league pitcher Zack Bird, injured reliever Paco Rodriguez and Miami's number-34 overall pick in the MLB Draft. 

Latos, the former Coconut Creek high school product, made 16 starts for the Marlins and was 4 and 7 with a 4.48 ERA.

Morse was hitting .214 with four homers and 12 rbi's.    

In other state sports news....

  • Bryce Harper slugged two homers as the Washington Nationals took down the Marlins, 7-2, in Miami Wednesday night.  Harper hit a tie-breaking, three-run bomb in the fifth inning, and added a solo shot in the eighth.  Doug Fister earned the win with six frames of two-run ball as the Nats stopped a two-game skid.  Tom Koehler gave up six hits and five runs to take the loss for Miami.  The Fish lost their fourth game in five tries. 
  • It was vintage Justin Verlander at the Trop on Wednesday.  The Detroit righthander dominated Tampa Bay for his first win of the season. He outlasted Tampa Bay's Chris Archer in a 2-1 win. Verlander retired his first 14 batters before Asdrubal Cabrera homered with two outs in the fifth.  The Tigers starter gave up one run, four hits, no walks and had 10 strikeouts. Archer took a perfect game into the seventh inning before giving up RBI singles to J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos. He allowed just three hits and no earned runs and struck out 11 as his record dropped to 9-8.
  • College football season is fast approaching.  The preseason top 25 for the "USA Today" Coaches Poll wil be released today.  It's voted on by 64 coaches and gets announced once a week during the season.  Defending national champion Ohio State, along with TCU, Baylor, Oregon and Alabama are expected to be highly ranked.  So is Florida State.  
  • The Buccaneers have signed cornerbacks Jude Adjei-Barimah and Al-Hajj Shabazz, and safety Kimario McFadden.  The team also cut safeties Deshazor Everett and Derrick Wells.
  • Jaguars runningback Storm Johnson was placed on the active/non-football illness list on Wednesday.  That means the former UCF star, who was Jacksonville's seventh-round pick in 2014, won't likely practice immediately during training camp.  The team begins practice on Friday.
  • Orlando City star Kaka scored on a penalty kick and set up David Villa's goal minutes later in the first half to help the best players in Major League Soccer beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-to-1 on a blustery Wednesday night in Colorado.