Most pundits expect that Miami’s Ricky Nolasco could be one of the first pieces moved in advance of this summer’s trade deadline. With multiple other arms becoming available in the coming weeks, potentially limiting the market to a degree, it comes as no surprise that ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Marlins are “aggressively trying to move Nolasco as soon as possible”. Such efforts make sense, as they’ll conceivably be able to command more for him before the market is set by other moves. It also won’t hurt that a contending team that were to pick him up would have him for all of July in addition to the season’s final two months.
With news that Miami’s anxious to make a deal, yet another suitor also emerged today as a potential landing spot for Nolasco. The right-hander has already been linked to the Diamondbacks, Padres, Rockies, Giants, Orioles, and Yankees in recent weeks – though most “informed speculation” lends to a belief that he’ll end up in San Francisco. Now we can add the Los Angeles Dodgers to the mix, according to Hank Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle. He cites Los Angeles’ ability to absorb the remaining $6 Million owed to Nolasco and the team’s desire to keep him away from the rival Giants and Padres as two reasons behind the team’s apparent interest in completing a deal sooner rather than later.
Nolasco will certainly be moved before July concludes, that much seems apparent at this point in time. To where remains to be seen, though the bigger curiosity may be in what Miami is actually able to obtain in return. San Francisco, San Diego, Baltimore, and now Los Angeles appear to be the most logical suitors – for a variety of reasons – but Nolasco is far from the only (or best) option that is or will be available on this summer’s trade market.