Originally posted on The Giants Cove  |  Last updated 7/8/13
The Los Angeles Dodgers just demonstrated their complete commitment to move up the NL West food chain and fight for a spot in the 2013 playoffs. And to get it done, they got to climb over the backs of the rival San Francisco Giants. On July 6th the Florida Marlins traded veteran starter Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers for three mid-level minor league pitchers and a used rosin bag. Los Angeles will also pay the Marlins the approximately $5 million left on the $26.6 million three year deal Nolasco got from the Marlins in 2011. In getting Nolasco the Dodgers added a critical piece to their injury-shredded starting rotation as their 2013 Resurrection Tour continues up and down the National League West. Don't get me wrong. Ricky Nolasco is not Justin Verlander (or even Yovani Gallardo), but the Dodgers needed starting pitching help and Nolasco was the best available. But no matter how well Nolasco ends up performing the rest of the season the Dodgers gave their fanbase ...
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