After being consistently mentioned as one of multiple teams that had interest in him, the Minnesota Twins have reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with free agent starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet, but previous reports suggested multiple teams had four-year offers on the table for Nolasco and prior to that reports surfaced suggesting he was seeking a five-year, $80 million deal.
Nolasco spent the 2013 season with the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers, and went 13-11 with a 3.70 ERA and solid peripherals (7.4 K/9; 2.1 BB/9) over 34 combined appearances (33 starts). Prior to being traded to the Dodgers Nolasco had spent his entire career with the Marlins’ franchise, and he has an 89-75 career record with a 4.37 ERA in 229 major league appearances (212 starts) over eight seasons.
Nolasco has obviously never pitched in the American League before, and he has made just 15 starts in an American League ballpark during his career to this point. He did make one start at Target Field last April, and he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over five innings with four strikeouts and one walk.
Signing Nolasco is a solid first step in Twins’ general manager Terry Ryan’s effort to rebuild a moribund starting rotation that has been the team’s number one problem over the last three seasons. But it should absolutely not be the only move made, and if the money given to Nolasco is so exorbitant as to prevent other acquisitions via free agency or trade then it will be a bad move in an overall sense.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.