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Yankees, Orioles among teams interested in Ricky Nolasco

Jun 11, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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Last week Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported that the Marlins have told teams relievers Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn “are not available” in trade talks. That didn’t really make much sense to me, but it did make sense that the Marlins are very willing to entertain offers on Ricky Nolasco.

And now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that “the Orioles and Yankees are leading the parade of teams that already have interest” in Nolasco, who has a 3.80 ERA and 72/22 K/BB ratio in 88 innings after four consecutive underwhelming seasons.

Nolasco is a 30-year-old impending free agent with a 4.44 career ERA, so it’s unlikely that the Marlins could get a whole lot for him, but since they have no real use for veterans at this point a mid-level prospect or two might be an acceptable enough return.

  1. jeffbbf - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Dunn’s salary: $492k
    Cishek’s salary: $505k
    Nolasco’s salary: $11,500,000

    You gotta figure that the smart move would be to ship out Nolasco….

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      …in the vermiform brain of Scrooge McLoria, sure. In the brain of any other GM who actually has a mandate to build a winning team, maybe not.

      • jeffbbf - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        This is Nolasco’s walk year. Sell high.

      • southpaw2k - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        If the Marlins did trade Nolasco before the deadline, how much would the team payroll be at that point? A few hundred dollars?

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Since reverse psychology usually works like a charm, methinks Steve Cischek and/or Mike Dunn will be gone before Nolasco.

    Read about this and more in my latest book: Do Not Buy This Book.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Wel-l-l, Reecky has gotten better as he’s gone along, and with the exception of last night’s implosion against the Brewers he’s pitched very well this season – with no support whatsoever. You have to figure he’d be a much more aggressive pitcher knowing there were guys behind him who might score more than a token run or two, and maybe some guys in the infield who weren’t a couple of months removed from AA who could consistently make plays and be smarter about managing runners than these kids have been, and give him some breathing room to attack opposing hitters.

    For Reecky’s sake, I really hope he gets liberated from this pinchpenny excuse for a ballclub and finally finds himself pitching for a reall ball team.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      I am quite sure that he wants to be traded.

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        I say without fear of contradiction, except by complete idiots, that you are correct.

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Aha! A complete idiot!

  4. Kevin S. - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    I’ve actually always kind of like Nolasco, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why the Yankees would want him. Their entire rotation is healthy and Pineda’s coming back. I don’t really see dropping several million or so on a guy who basically serves as depth for three months.

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Considering who he’s been playing for, I suspect that if the Borg proffered a contract extension he would be all over it like a mosquito on a tourist.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        I doubt the Yankees would be offering an extension – why give up anything when you can sign him for just money in the offseason, if that’s the way they want to go?

    • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Wait a minute…. Does that “S” stant for Slowey??? Come on Kevin. No need to hate on your teamate! ;)

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        He doesn’t hate him. However, if Reecky is able to escape the Scrooge McLoria GULAG, I wouldn’t be surprised if he were jealous as hell.

  5. 13arod - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Kevin S. the yankeeys said pineda was staying in triple a so i like that they are trying to to get rickey

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      CC/Pettitte/Kuroda/Phelps/Hughes/Nova/Nuno with Warren doing the long relief thing. That doesn’t even count Pineda. Why would the Yanks want another starter?

    • Kevin S. - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Yes, while the other guys are healthy. That makes plenty of sense. But Pineda is still the choice over an external option if anybody goes down, much less one that will cost them several million dollars.

    • cackalackyank - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Pineda is staying in AAA until a) he is guaranteed healthy or b) 5 mins longer than is necessary to stretch his his team control time to the max, whichever occurs first.

  6. jrocknstuff - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Either Hughes or Phelps could both go back to the pen, and who knows if you can count on Pettitte to stay healthy through the summer months. He hasn’t the past few years. Regardless, the Orioles may have more to offer in terms of mid range prospects considering the Yanks have their two stud arms that they won’t and shouldn’t deal, and not much else

    • jayscarpa - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Hughes may get traded if Pineda comes back, he’s a FA this winter. If so it’ll be to a NL contender, probably in the West. Chamberlain is also a good bet to go.

      • pisano - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        jayscarpa…. One can only hope you’re 100% correct.

  7. 13arod - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged have you heard that hughes is being traded this year

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Who are they going to trade him to? He’s a 27 year old FA pitcher at the end of the year with good peripherals but can’t keep the ball in the park. As Kevin S mentions above, why would a team trade someone for Hughes when they can just get him as a FA in the offseason?

      Also, who’s saying he’s going to be traded?

  8. uyf1950 - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    The Yankees probably do have SOME interest but I doubt they have the same interest level as say Baltimore or the Giants. Plus Cashman has stated many times he does not like to pay for a player twice once in prospects and then again with a contract extension.
    I just don’t see this happening the front end of the Yankees rotation is set with: CC, Kuroda and Pettitte and as for the 4 and 5 options they have available: Hughes, Phelps, Nuno, Nova and Pineda when his 30 day rehab assignment is over. They also have Warren as the swing man either the long relief guy or spot starter. That’s 5 possibly 6 guys for just 2 spots. I do NOT think Nolasco is in the cards for the Yankees in 2013.
    It would make much more sense if they are interested to wait for the 2014 season when he’s a FA and the Yankees and probably Kuroda, Pettitte and Hughes have parted ways.

  9. mikefoxtrot - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    the Yankees would be willing to accept Nolosco in a trade if the Marlins throw in an outfielder.

    the Yankees were very satisfied with Mike Stanton and would be willing to have another Stanton on the team.

  10. 13arod - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    uyf1950 nova is in triple a and the yanks said he is staying down there same thing with pineada

  11. 13arod - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    and nuno is in triple a too so they do have room for rickey

    • cackalackyank - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      Nuno is on DL in SWB.

  12. tuucamaron - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    How about a package of Ricky nolasco and giancarlo Stanton as a throw in

  13. tuucamaron - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    How about a package of Ricky nolasco and giancarlo Stanton as a throw in.lol

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