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:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 6, 2013
Dodgers are indeed “getting close” to getting Ricky Nolasco from Marlins, as @Ken_Rosenthal said
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 6, 2013
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:
My prediction on the Nolasco deal: Garrett Gould, Javy Guerra and Andres Santiago. No inside info, just purely a guess.
— Dustin Nosler (@FeelinKindaBlue) July 6, 2013
Stay tuned to Marlin Maniac for further updates as news of the deal develops.