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Miami Marlins Rumors: Ricky Nolasco Deal Getting Closer?

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Miami Marlins veteran right-handed pitcher Ricky Nolasco made it clear following the fire sale during the winter that he did not want to be with the Marlins anymore. Who could blame him? Miami blew up a thought-to-be promising team after one poor season. Now, it looks like a deal that will send Nolasco away is about to get done sooner than later.

The Marlins are currently laying the groundwork for a trade involving Nolasco. The righty would not mind being dealt to the San Francisco Giants. Nolasco told the San Francisco Chronicle that he does not think anyone would be too disappointed with him being in San Francisco. He then began to praise AT&T Park, the home of the Giants.

Marlins fans know that once a deal is laid out, the organization is not scared to pull the trigger, as we saw in November. Nolasco is the highest-paid Marlins player on the payroll right now, receiving $11.5 million this season. He is also the longest-tenured Marlin on the team as well.

Nolasco is not having a great season. The Marlins’ career leader in strikeouts is 4-7 this season with a 3.61 ERA and has 76 strikeouts. It is unclear what Miami will be looking for in return for the 30-year-old, but they will definitely get a top prospect from a team.

Miami is 23-49 this season and is sitting in fifth place in the National League East division behind the New York Mets.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for RantSports.com. He writes about Miami Marlins rumors as well. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.