Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Ricky Nolasco After about a month’s worth of trade rumors surrounding Miami Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally pulled the trigger on a deal for the veteran right-hander Saturday afternoon. Thankfully, the Dodgers willingness and ability to take on the remaining $5.7 million of Nolasco’s contract allowed for the very little in terms of talent, to head to the Marlins in return. Three pitchers, only one in the the Dodgers top 20 prospect list, were sent to Miami as part of the deal. For the sake of stability and depth in the rotation, the trade for Nolasco is clearly a big win for a team known to lose more often than not when trading prospects for veterans. Given Nolasco’s numbers in comparison to either Stephen Fife, whose performance will most likely regress soon , or Chris Capuano, who has been downright awful his past two starts, the back end of the rotation is definitely upgraded. Fife’s walk rate of 2.40 BB/9 is down this season from 4.05 in 2012, allowing for his FIP and xFIP to have dropped significantly as well. More than likely, this won’t continue and while Fife’s performance has been commendable, the Dodgers can not rely on him as the season wears on. Capuano’s crashed back to earth after a pretty strong 2012 season in which he finished with a 3.72 ERA, the best of his career. In 52 innings and 10 starts this season, Capuano has totalled a 5.19 ERA which would be the worst of his career if it remains that high. Essentially every one of Capuano’s negative pitching categories are in the red compared to last season. He is walking more, stranding less men on base and has a higher batting average against. Some of this is bad luck, with a .321 BABIP against him compared to .284 a year ago, but again the Dodgers can not rely on him when pursuing a playoff berth. Nolasco’s season has been highlighted by his K/9 taking a jump to 7.21 after dropping significantly the past two seasons. His ERA is the best it has been since 2008, despite his FIP and xFIP sitting not too far off his general career marks. Nolasco will not blow anyone away with gaudy numbers, but his presence will help the Dodgers feel safer every fifth day. A native of Corona, Calif, Nolasco now gets to pitch in a pennant race for the team he grew up cheering for. As for the three men who head to Miami’s organization, none of them should cause Dodger fans to lose any sleep. Josh Wall, who Dodger fans have seen for 13 appearances in the past season and a half, isn’t much of a loss. With the Dodgers passing Wall over in favor of calling up Chris Withrow and Jose Dominguez the past few weeks, the 26-year-old righty had no future in the Los Angeles bullpen. The same could be said about the 25-year-old Steven Ames, who has yet to ever pitch in the majors. In Albuquerque this season, Ames walk rate is up to 3.4 BB/9 and strikeout rate down to 7.6 K/9. This is after totalling a 2.2 BB/9 and 10.6 K/9 in AA Chattanooga during part of his age 23 season and all of the 2012 season there. The decline in those ratios does not bode well for success at the major league level. Lastly, Angel Sanchez, the one true prospect headed to Miami, is not much of a loss either. Signed in July 2010, Sanchez has not moved about high A ball at the age of 23. After spending the entire 2012 season in Rancho Cucamonga, Sanchez moved back down to low A Great Lakes to start 2013 until his promotion back to Rancho a short time ago. Given the Dodgers’ depth when it comes to young pitching, his departure from the system is hardly a huge loss. The Dodgers also acquired $197,000 in international signing money, a nice throw in on a deal they had already won. While it obviously will be up to Nolasco’s performance in the final three months of the season, all indications are the Dodgers should be very satisfied with waiting out the Marlins demands. With a few NL West rivals rumored to be interested in Nolasco as well, keeping him from the competition can be seen as another bonus.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jay Cutler to start again due to Jimmy Clausen concussion

Aldon Smith was reportedly drinking with Ray McDonald

Johnny Manziel ruled out for Week 17 with injury

Dwyane Wade hopes Heat fans give LeBron a warm reception

Adam Silver: No NBA team is tanking

Penguins having three more players tested for mumps

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jay Cutler is not the answer for the Titans

Josh Smith released by Detroit Pistons in surprising move

13 amazing NFL stats from Week 16

JJ Watt's bloody face defines 2014 campaign

Dominic Raiola insists he didn't intentionally stomp opponent

Jets call themselves the best 3-12 team in NFL history

WATCH: BYU, Memphis fight after Miami Beach Bowl

FSU sends recruit 75 reasons to play for Seminoles

Dale Earnhardt Jr., girlfriend wear great Christmas sweaters

Brandon Marshall: Raiola mocked my mental illness

Don't mess with Seahawks punter Jon Ryan

Niners OT asked Manti Te'o about his fake girlfriend

Darren Sproles' wife Michel fires back at Eagles critics

Steve Smith expects 'couch quarterback' criticism

WATCH: Tennessee walk-on gets scholarship as bowl gift

Raiders player gives game check to young girl in need

Game of the week: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Yankees pay for education of slain officer's children

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

BYU, Memphis fight after bowl game

FSU sends recruit an eccentric pitch

Brandon Marshall unloads on Raiola

Did Aldon Smith violate probation?

Johnny Manziel ruled out for Week 17

An appreciation for Marshawn Lynch's crotch grab touchdown celebrations

D-Wade: Heat fans should cheer LeBron

Niners OT asked Te'o about fake girlfriend

Sproles' wife fires back at Eagles critics

Game of the week: Lions vs. Packers

'Manny' is the must-watch documentary about Manny Pacquiao

Breaking up the Brooklyn Nets

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.