The Last Days of Ricky Nolasco

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

This is only a surprise if you weren't paying attention to the Marlins' winter fire sale: Ricky Nolasco is on the trade block. The Giants, Dodgers, Orioles, Padres, and Rockies are all interested, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Writing at Fish Stripes, Michael Jong thinks the Marlins are trying to act fast so that they can set the market for Nolasco:
The Marlins could be doing this to establish the most value for Nolasco. Getting a jump on the thin starting pitching market this season may allow the Fish to set the price for starters. Setting their own price could get them a better return, especially from a free-wheeling team like the Los Angeles Dodgers, than if the Fish waited until any bigger fishes like Yovani Gallardo or, if the market gets to that point, Cliff Lee become available.
Nolasco's fate has been sealed ever since the Marlins initiated their massive trade with Toronto last year. With his $11.5 million 2013 salary, plus his impending free-agent status, Nolasco would never be part of Miami's long-run plans. It's only a matter of time before he's gone. We'll always have the memories (of the haircuts and wardrobe).


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