Jun 16, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) heads back to the dugout during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers Close On Deal For Ricky Nolasco

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers are close on agreeing on a trade for right hander Ricky Nolasco.  Ken Rosenthal reported it first and others are confirming the deal is imminent:




Rosenthal is reporting the deal will involve the Dodgers sending three lower echelon prospects and paying all of the remaining $5.5 million in salary still owed to Nolasco.  The Marlins will have to take a chance that one or more of the lower level players will eventually develop into a big leaguer.

The players will likely be the type whose raw skills at this point are exceeding their results.  Maybe someone like 21 year old single A outfielder James Baldwin, son of the former pitcher by the same name.  Baldwin has a career .233/.314/.372 slash line in 4 minor league seasons, but also has 120 stolen bases in that time.

Update: Reports are now surfacing that the deal will be for 3 pitchers.  Here is an educated guess from well known Dodgers blogger Dustin Nosler:

Stay tuned to Marlin Maniac for further updates as news of the deal develops.

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