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Marlins “aggressively trying to move” Ricky Nolasco

Jun 25, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

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As one of the few non-Giancarlo Stanton veterans on Miami’s roster performing well Ricky Nolasco has been a likely trade candidate all season and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that “the Marlins have been aggressively working to move Nolasco as soon as possible.”

Nolasco is being paid $11.5 million this season, so by moving him a month earlier than the July 31 trade deadline the Marlins would save an extra $2 million or so. And from an on-field standpoint, the sooner the Marlins trade Nolasco the less time he has to ugly up his 3.68 ERA after posting a combined 4.68 ERA from 2009-2012.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the teams most interested in Nolasco are the Orioles, Giants, Dodgers, Padres, and Rockies. So basically the NL West and Baltimore. It’s tough to imagine the Marlins getting a ton for Nolasco considering he’s an impending free agent, but maybe they think by acting before most other non-contenders start shopping their starters they can get a premium price.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Time for “Free Nolasco” signs in Miami.

  2. kcrobert10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    They can keep him the only two guys I want on that team are Stanton and the Fernandez kid.

    • tanzkommandant - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Good thing you made this known otherwise the team may have called you about him.

    • dluxxx - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      You know. I asked this before, but I’d really be interested to see what you think the Royals would be able to offer to the Marlins to get Stanton. I mean, seriously. What would the Royals be able to do to pry him away?

      Do you really think such a thing is possible? Deep down inside, is this something you truly believe is something that could happen?

      I’m intrigued. Please enlighten me.

      • kcrobert10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Zimmer rhp the #5 pick last yr, Ventura at aaa future all star pitcher last yr, bubba starling cf # 5 pick 2 yrs ago, Raul mondesi 17 yr old ss in high a should be more than enough.

      • biasedhomer - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        No way the Royals or any other team pays close to that for Stanton.

        Stanton will likely be kept for a couple more (1 or 2) years, he fits the Marlins payroll since he is extremely cheap and has yet to hit arbitration.

        After that, we could see him traded.

      • kcrobert10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:08 AM

        He hits arbitration after this yr so he is about to get expensive. If you wait 2 to 3 yrs you will get far less than what you would get this yr. Also I’ve said time and time again this deal would be good for the royals. They fill a big hole in rf and get an rbi guy and the Marlins get 4 guys with huge up side.

      • kcrobert10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Also Stanton’s war is 6.5 he is 30 100 type of guy. My offer of our top 4 prospects is more than legitimate.

  3. jwbiii - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    If they trade Nolasco, their highest paid player will be Heath Bell. The next three would be the Toronto triumvirate: Buehrle, Johnson, and Reyes. This would be most unusual, if not unprecedented.

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Bud Selig approves.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Speaking of the trade with Toronto, Henderson Alvarez will be coming off the DL soon. He would probably replace Nolasco in the rotation.

      • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        And I’m looking forward to seeing him, too.

        Meanwhile, Nolasco is an impending free agent who does have some leverage here. He can tell the Orioles that he will not consider an extension and will hit the market in October, and/or tell one of the California teams – which is where he’s from, by the way – that he would happily discuss an extension with one of them. He doesn’t even have to mean it – but it might help get him free of the Feesh and back home again a little sooner than later.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Well, the two highest paid Mets Outfielders are Jayson Bay and Bobby Bonnilla – both of whom are gone!

  4. nbjays - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Anything that gets him free of the Feesh sooner is a good thing, no?

    • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Yep. But as long as Plato has become a baseball pundit lately, I suspect he would define “The Good” as the Feesh being rid of Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua,

  5. pundyveit - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I love that the universe of “veterans” is defined as including the 23-year-old Stanton. It’s not incorrect, just funny.

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