Anxious to move right-hander Ricky Nolasco, the Miami Marlins have reportedly “adjusted” their asking price in return for the 30 year old. The move is a sure sign that the team is looking to make a move sooner rather than later, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. With roughly $6 Million remaining on his 2013 salary, the Marlins have reportedly been wanting teams to pickup that full balance while also parting with a prospect in order to obtain Nolasco. It’s unclear just how much they’re backing down from those demands, but one has to expect that it’s going to have to be one or the other when things are said and done.
Olney still believes that the Los Angeles Dodgers are the frontrunners for Nolasco’s services. There are reports, however, that suggest that other teams are still in the mix. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reportedly spoke with a source within the Marlins front office that said that the team has received at least two offers. One included a pair of “pretty decent prospects” from the Colorado Rockies, but Colorado doesn’t want to pay Nolasco’s salary. The other apparently offers the team just salary relief, but a team was not mentioned.
Miami’s eagerness to move Nolasco is well known at this point and there have been numerous teams linked to him in recent weeks – including every club in the NL West. The Marlins have also apparently lined up Henderson Alvarez’ starts at Triple-A to coincide with Nolasco’s, permitting him to easily step into the open rotation spot seamlessly.