UPDATE: A deal between the Blue Jays and Latos should be finalized Thursday, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.
Looking to add pitching depth, the Toronto Blue Jays are "far along" in talks with free-agent right-hander Mat Latos, but there is "no guarantee" a deal will be completed, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca.
The 29-year-old Latos compiled a 7-3 record with a 4.89 ERA and an unsightly 1.486 WHIP for the White Sox and Nationals last season. Latos has pitched for five different teams, and compiled a career-best 2.92 ERA in 31 starts for the Padres in 2010.
There is no immediate opening in a Toronto rotation that includes Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Marco Estrada, Marcus Stroman and Francisco Liriano. The Jays likely are looking for rotation insurance and also could consider Latos for a bullpen role.
-- Doug Mittler