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One more pitcher off the board: the Marlins sign Ricky Nolasco to a contract extension

Dec 20, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

Ricky Nolasco

There have been a number of rumors in recent weeks that the Marlins were open to shopping Ricky Nolasco. Call off the trade-watch, however, because they just signed him to a three-year, $26.5 million extension.  My suspicion is that the trade rumors were floated mostly as a negotiation tactic anyway. I’ve heard that Nolasco really wanted to stay in Florida and really wanted to get a multi-year deal now, so any suggestion that he’d be sent off someplace probably helped drive his price down.

The deal buys out Nolasco’s final two years of arbitration eligibility and his first year of free agency. At an average cost of under nine million a year, it’s not a bad deal for a solid starter who strikes out a lot of guys. At least in this market.

  1. BC - Dec 20, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    If he stays healthy this is a great contract.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 20, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    You mean in this corrected market (Chihuahua parlance), don’t you?

    Well, it’s good that Ricky got some decent money. A slightly underpaid pitcher pitching to a ridiculously overpaid catcher does have its pretty symmetries.

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