Ricky Nolasco rumors: Dodgers 'close' to acquiring Marlins SP

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The Marlins may be close to sending their starting pitcher to the Dodgers for three pitchers.

The Miami Marlins are not looking to move closer Steve Cishek or lefty reliever Mike Dunn, but they are open to dealing right-handed starter Ricky Nolasco, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

Miami is reportedly looking for a mid-level prospect in return for Nolasco, who is in the final year of a three-year deal with the Marlins. The 30-year-old right-hander requested a trade over the winter in the wake of the club’s fire sale, but was rebuked.

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While it seems strange that Miami would elect to hold onto its highest-paid player ($11.5 million) amidst serious cost-cutting, it’s likely that the club was just waiting until his market value had increased. Nolasco has pitched well over the season’s first two months — posting a 3.61 ERA and 3.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 13 starts — so the Marlins’ presumed wait-and-see approach with the right-hander is likely to pay off.

Now an eight-year MLB veteran, Nolasco owns a career 4.43 ERA in nearly 1,200 innings pitched, all of which have come with the Marlins.

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