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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins are reportedly “deep” into trade talks for pitcher Ricky Nolasco, according to an ESPN.com report.
Nolasco is 4-7 this season with a 3.68 earned run average and is a Southern California native. The Marlins want to move Nolasco before the July 31 trade deadline because he will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Nolasco is the only high-paid Marlins player who managed to survive last November’s salary dump and roster purge. The pitcher was due $11 million this season, the final season of his contract. Reports have said the Marlins may have to eat much of the contract to move Nolasco.
What’s unknown is what the Marlins may be asking for in return for Nolasco. Published reports have stated the Marlins will likely get a B-level prospect at most for Nolasco in a trade.
For the future, the Marlins rotation will have 20-year-old Jose Fernandez as the staff ace, followed by Jacob Turner, and possibly Henderson Alvarez or Nathan Eovaldi, but the last three are subject to change.