Miami Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco has started to draw some interest on the trade market, with the San Francisco Giants already rumored to be in the mix to acquire the 30 year old and the Baltimore Orioles remain a potential destination by most accounts. Add in a pair of other NL West teams, as the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly joined the mix according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Rosenthal relays that the Rockies and Marlins have already have some preliminary discussions about Nolasco, but concerns emerged on Colorado’s end over the remaining $6 Million of his salary. It remains unclear just how much of it Miami will be willing to cover.
Nolasco has already made 16 starts for the Marlins on the year, going 4-7 with a 3.68 ERA and 1.196 WHIP over 100.1 IP. The numbers have been right in line with most of his career averages to date. It’s been no secret that he’s almost assuredly going to be moved sometime this summer. With free agency looming at season’s end, the Marlins may as well get whatever return they can for him now before he walks for nothing. Nolasco requested a trade shortly after the season concluded and given his likely contract demands and the organization’s current state, there is no chance that he opts to re-sign with Miami.
Interest stemming from multiple teams in the NL West comes as no surprise. He’s thrown well in his career at San Francisco’s AT&T Park (4-0, 1.47 ERA, 5 GS) and at San Diego’s Petco Park (4-2, 2.11 ERA, 6 GS). He’s also from Corona, California originally – lending some to wonder if one of these NL West teams might also obtain a leg up in potentially re-signing him to a contract extension before free agency begins.