Miami Marlins Would Be Smart to Move Ricky Nolasco

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The Miami Marlins are clearly a franchise in flux. While racking up service time on young prospects, they’re nowhere near contention. They are not on any sort of conventional path, and it is unclear when they will make their next playoff run.

In the midst of cutting payroll and engaging in this youth movement, they should make an effort to move SP Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco, 30, would be a valuable middle or back-of-the-rotation starter for any contender.

While there are no shortage of contenders that could use a starter, notably including the Toronto Blue Jays, who are 29th in baseball in ERA, Nolasco’s consistent middling production is of little value to his current squad. He boasts a career 4.47 ERA — with sub-4.00 FIP and xFIP — but has been pitching well, en route to a sub-4.00 ERA in 2013. He has pitched in the National League with the Marlins for the entirety of his career, so the adjustment to an American League squad is an unknown.

While Nolasco could have immediate success, some contenders will surely be scared off by his adjustment to the designated hitter and postseason baseball. The Marlins, however, should make their best effort to rid themselves of Nolasco and his salary in an effort to provide playing time for younger players and hopefully obtain a prospect in the process.

Many of the Marlins young arms have faced injuries early in 2013, and moving Nolasco would clear a spot for those pitchers to accumulate more major league innings and experience.

Gabe Isaacson is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @gabeisaacson.

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