Reds getting a read on Mat Latos

Manager Dusty Baker has some simple advice for his new ace: 'Just be yourself'

Updated: February 23, 2012, 12:49 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Mat Latos was tagged with a few unflattering adjectives in San Diego -- from immature to hot-tempered to "way out there" -- but his new employers in Cincinnati are going to great lengths not to prejudge him. As long as Latos produces, he can collect moon rocks for a hobby, and they'll celebrate his distinctiveness.

After the Reds raided their farm system to acquire Latos from the Padres in December, Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker could relate to the pressure ...

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