The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the Major League teams that have made trade offers to the Miami Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco. Another is the Dodgers NL West rival and current series opponent the San Francisco Giants.
The Miami Marlines site reporter for MLB.com Joe Frisaro reported the talks between the two clubs and the embarrassingly bad Miami Marlins.
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) July 6, 2013
The Dodgers starting rotation, when it has not been incapicated by a mound charging maniac, is one of the most solid in the majors. . .that is at the top of the rotation at least. Everything but his record points to Clayton Kershaw being the best pitcher in the National League. Zack Greinke has been sharp most outings, and would be almost every franchise’s number 1. The surprise has been rookie of the year candidate Hyun Jin Ryu.
But the Dodgers are in serious need of some back end of the rotation help. If the Dodgers make the playoffs that is a potent 3 pitchers to pencil in, but they’re not gonna make it there without some more help in the 4 and 5 spots.
According to Frisaro, the Dodgers are unsurprisingly offering to take on almost all of Ricky Nolasco’s remaining $5.7 million on his contract, along with one pitching contract. The Giants on the other hand, according to Frisaro, are offering two prospects but will still likely have to take on at least a small portion of Nolasco’s contract. It is the final year of his contract.
Nolasco is 5-8 on the season, but that means virtually nothing considering he’s playing for the Marlins. They can’t spell contention, which is why they are shopping Nolasco’s 3.58 ERA well before the trade deadline at the end of the month.
Starting pitching has been the difference between the two rivals, but thus far only Madison Bumgarner has pitched to form for the Giants. If it was up to Nolasco the Corona native would sign with the Dodgers in a heartbeat. But who signs Nolasco could be a difference maker between the two clubs once again.