There has been speculation that this week could be a soft
deadline for the Miami Marlins to trade right-hander Ricky Nolasco. While that
could prove to be the case, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that there is no
deal currently on the table from anyone who is interested in Nolasco, a list
which includes clubs such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, San
Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres, according
While the Marlins might want to deal Nolasco
sooner-than-later, a source told Heyman that the 30-year-old is “not a
giveaway.” Miami will reportedly hold out until it receives what it considers
to be its asking price for Nolasco.
Injuries and ineffectiveness have nearly all contenders in
the market for starting pitching upgrades as the July 31 trade deadline
approaches. The Dodgers have been tabbed as the favorites to ultimately land
Nolasco, but his market continues to develop.
Over 17 starts, Nolasco has posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.93
and 1.244 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.32. He’s making $11.5 million
this year, of which he’s owed roughly another $5 million for the remainder of
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