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.

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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.

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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.

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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.