After the Miami Marlins purge of several high-profile players this off-season it was thought that Ricky Nolasco wouldn’t be far behind. Nolasco is the Marlins’ highest paid player, making $11.5 million this season and is due to hit free agency this coming off-season. A few teams kicked the tires on Nolasco this off-season but decided to go in different directions and that interest fell off when spring training started. However, with the trade market starting to develop, Nolasco is starting to pitch pretty well and could be the best pitcher made available at the deadline.
There is no such thing as too much pitching. The Los Angeles Dodgers thought they had a surplus of starters but injuries are only one pitch away and depth can certainly vanish in an instant. Right now, the Dodgers are one team on the lookout for another starting pitcher. The Baltimore Orioles are proving that last season was no fluke and are another team who could be interested in the 30-year-old right-hander.
The Marlins would love to get a couple of prospects in return for their impending free agent pitcher. The return probably wouldn’t be back breaking for any team trying to acquire him given his history of mediocre results and his impending free agency. Nolasco could, however, find success with a better defensive team behind him.
Right now, the Orioles and Dodgers make the most sense. Nolasco might see a slight spike in home runs in Baltimore but he could provide a nice boost for the Orioles rotation as they try to make the postseason for the second straight season.
Given Nolasco’s recent success that has seen him pitch to a 3.61 ERA this season, the time to move Nolasco might not be better than it is now.