Saturday, July 6, 2013

Ricky Nolasco Traded To Los Angeles Dodgers

As one of the top starting pitchers on the trade market, Ricky Nolasco's name has been mentioned very often in trade rumors over the past couple of weeks. And now the Miami Marlins starting pitcher is heading west in a four-player trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers confirmed the deal on its Twitter feed a little after 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

In exchange for Nolasco, the Marlins will acquire Steve Ames (a 25-year-old reliever in Triple-A), Josh Wall (a 26-year-old reliever, who has spent parts of the past two seasons with the Dodgers) and Angel Sanchez (a 23-year-old starting pitcher, who was recently moved to High-A ball). None of the three pitchers that the Marlins have acquired were listed in Baseball America's Top 10 prospects heading into the 2013 season.

Fox's Ken Rosenthal reported earlier on Saturday that the Dodgers would pick up Nolasco's remaining salary for the season of about $5.5 million. The Dodgers will also get $197,000 in international bonus pool money, according to reports.

Nolasco gives the Dodgers another veteran innings eater and an upgrade to the back of their rotation. The 30-year-old right-hander will join a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Dodgers have used a recent strong stretch of baseball to get back into the National League West race.

In 18 starts this season, Nolasco has a 5-8 record with a 3.85 ERA. He is set to be a free agent at season's end.

The San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles had been among the teams linked to Nolasco over the past few weeks.

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