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Report: Dodgers, Marlins talking Ricky Nolasco trade

Jun 26, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com says the Dodgers and Marlins are engaging in trade talks involving Ricky Nolasco.

While rotation depth was supposed to be a major strength for the Dodgers this year, the team has lost Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett to injury and has gotten little from Ted Lilly so far. The team’s rotation currently includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chris Capuano and rookie Stephen Fife.

Nolasco has a 4-7 record for the Marlins, but it comes with a nice 3.68 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. With 77 K’s in 100 1/3 IP, his strikeout rate has also bounced back from last year’s decline.

The 30-year-old Nolasco is a free agent at season’s end, and the Marlins aren’t going to care to ante up and re-sign him. If he doesn’t go to the Dodgers, it’s quite possible he’ll be traded to one of their NL West rivals in the coming weeks. That gives the Dodgers extra incentive to get a deal done now.

The Marlins will likely seek young pitching in return for Nolasco. Right-handers Zach Lee and Ross Stripling and left-hander Chris Reed could be high on their list.

  1. sportfan23 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Based on what Miami got back for Hanley I’m looking for a bucket of BP balls in return here.

    • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Um…they got Nate Eovaldi, who has been pitching very well since coming off the DL: 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA. He tires around the 6th inning but he’s been out of action since spring training so it’ll take him a while to build up his stamina. However, he’s unhittable when he’s on and sports a 98-mph fastball. If he were all the Feesh got for an underperforming prima donna like the Hanster, it would’ve been a good deal.

      But he’s not all they got. Scott McGough, the other guy they received for the Hanster and his accursed .342 amulet, is 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA at Jacksonville.

      Good deal for the Feesh. We’ll enjoy these kids immensely until they vanish on the cusp of arbitration eligibility.

      • bkoz1 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        Always like your posts Gator. Good points on the Hanley trade. It’d be nice if the Fish could get a third team involved to take Ethier or Crawford and pick from a more supple farm system for Ricky.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Much as I hate to see him go, I’ve got my fingers crossed for Reecky to escape the Scrooge McLoria sea snake pit. The Bums would be an ideal landing place for the San Bernardino native.

    • Anoesis - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Although he’d be near home he’d still be on a last-place team. At least the Dodgers would consider giving him a nice fat contract as they seem to do that for just about everyone (see Ethier). He’d certainly help the rotation. The bums need to hold every team they face to as few runs as possible with their anemic offense.

    • stex52 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      This action-at-a-distance thing is getting old, Gator. Here our teams are showing signs of not being abominable, so management steps up to dump Nolasco (for you) and Norris (for me). I have faint hopes of dipping below the 100 mark in losses. But it’s dicey at best and trading a front line starter won’t help.

    • Gamera the Brave - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Sea snakes…
      Why’d it have to be sea snakes?…

    • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      If they had made Raiders of the Lost Ark ten years earlier, Lloyd Bridges probably would have played Indiana Jones. Might have even made the swimming-onto-the-U-boat scene more realistic. The question is, though, would Karen Allen really have slept with him?

  3. biasedhomer - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Of course, after he gets traded, he will regress to that 4th/5th starter that he has been all his career until this season.

  4. tuberippin - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Well, I suppose Nolasco’s stats would be aided by pitching games in LA. Still, it’s not like they’re going to be making the playoffs this season barring a major comeback, so it seems risky to take a chance on yet another well-paid, chronically-underperforming player.

    Then again, you never know in the NL West. Just seems like they’re potentially going to do some major damage to their farm system in order to try and contend in a season where it’s been clear the baseball gods do not favor them.

  5. pisano - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    They should call the Yankees, they could have that bum Phil Hughes for a bucket of balls and some jock straps, plus if the Dodgers talk real nice, the Yankees will throw in the pride of the bullpen, Joba.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:52 AM

      I watched as Joba was his usual self last night. I appreciate his efforts even if Yankee fans do not.

      • pisano - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        pc…. bringing Joba into a game is like pouring gasoline on a fire. Thank God he and Hughes will be someone other than the Yankees problem next year, or before. I’ll bet Cashman is trying to trade both before the deadline in July.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        I suspect that you are right. They have been major disappointments.

  6. bkoz1 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    He’s always been a 4/5th starter with decent stuff and generally consistent (good and bad). Teams know what they’re getting with Rick. My only worry is that he is one of Stanton’s good buds and that kid tends to play as well as he feels. Look at their record since Iron Mike came off the DL… the lineup needs that bat like a beach needs sand.

  7. myeviltwinstwin - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    The fire sale is starting earlier this time. The Marlins put together a nice June record so Loria and Co. Are trying to nip it in the bud now before they get rolling.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Trading Ricky is hardly a fire sale when you could have an upgrade coming back

      • Old Gator - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        And of course, in the diseased world of Scrooge McLoria, an upgrade would be a nice cherry on top of a salary dump.

  8. Anoesis - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Apparently a job for which only a second-grade education is required. Oh, and you left out the decimal on that weekly paycheck: $92.38. There, fixed it for ya!

  9. MyTeamsAllStink - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I wish they’d send them Eithier and Uribe for him but that’s just wishful thinking .

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