Tag:Ricky Nolasco
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:44 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2010 6:42 pm

Marlins could deal Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco After hitting a "stalemate" in negotiations for a long-term deal, the Marlins may look to trade starter Ricky Nolasco, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi writes .

Nolasco, 28, is arbitration-eligible this season. He was 14-9 with a  4.51 ERA in 26 starts and made $3.8 million this year. He would be a free agent after the 2012 season.

According to Morosi, the Marlins and Nolasco have been discussing a three-year deal, and it could still work out. The two sides could go ahead and sign a one-year deal or go to arbitration, where he'd sign a one-year deal.

Otherwise, the team could look to trade Nolasco. With Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, Javier Vazquez, Chris Volstad and Alex Sanabia, the team has a pretty good rotation even without Nolasco. The Yankees, Brewers and Nationals have been actively searching for starters, so any of those three would seem to match up with the Marlins for a deal.

UPDATE: Nolasco's agent, Matt Sosnick, tells MLB.com that there's no "stalemate" in talks for an extension with Nolasco in Florida.

"Any reports that say we're way off are not true. We're not way off. We're still exchanging ideas. There absolutely is no stalemate. There is no impasse or anything like that," Sosnick told Joe Frisaro. "His choice is to stay in Florida and pitch for the Marlins over the long haul."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 6:07 pm

Where do Yankees go from here?

Zambrano Now that the Yankees have lost out on Cliff Lee, who could the club go after?

Well, for starters, the club has agreed to a minor-league contract with Mark Prior. Who knows, it could work out. But probably not.

Good thing there's always Andy Pettitte. The Yankees could up their offer to entice him out of retirement, but even with Pettitte, the Yankees are seeking a strong option for the rotation. Right now, it would be comprised of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and... who knows, maybe Sergio Mitre?

Carl Pavano is the only starter left on the market that fits the bill. Any other starter would fill in at the back of the rotation, while Pavano would make a strong case to be the No. 3. One problem: The Yankees and the fans have already had their fill of Pavano. However, New York did give Javier Vazquez a second try, so you never know.

Other options reside in trade. There's obviously Zack Greinke, but there are too many reports that New York doesn't have what it takes to acquire Greinke, plus there's far too many questions on whether Greinke would even want to pitch in New York, nevermind if he could.

Other trade options include the White Sox and Gavin Floyd as the club has been willing to listen on the righty. You can bet the ChiSox would also love to listen to deals involving Edwin Jackson as Jackson was only acquired in a desperate gambit to land Adam Dunn from Washington in what remains a curious decision from the Nats in passing. However, is Jackson better than what's left on the free agent market sans Pavano? Mmm... probably not.

The name of Ricky Nolasco is also making the rounds, but Florida has said it has no plans to move Nolasco even with the two sides struggling to agree to a contract extension.

Perhaps the Cubs could be enticed to part with Carlos Zambrano (pictured). It's no secret the two sides are tired of each other, but Big Z has a hefty contract and blew away the competition near the end of 2010, so would require a strong package in return. Still, the Yankees have the money and perhaps the will to pry Zambrano away.

Past that, the Yankees could come calling for Matt Garza or James Shields, although the Rays may not want to deal within the division. Jesus Montero may be enough to change their minds.

Another option New York has is to slot in with an average pitcher and wait until 2012 to make their move for a top starter.

Problem: Unless Philadelphia declines Roy Oswalt's 2012 option, the best starter on the market is C.J. Wilson. And granted, if Wilson repeats his 2010 season, he'll be an enticing name. But that should tell you all there is to know about 2012's free-agent market.

Except there's one very important person in the Pacific that will be posted and could make major waves.

That's Yu Darvish, who has opted to stay in Japan one more season but has essentially conceded he is headed east for 2012. The Yankees -- as well as any other team -- would love to get Darvish's services, and you can bet New York will be hot to trot after the righty.

But so will any number of teams such as Washington and the Angels, so Darvish to the Yankees isn't quite a sure thing. And no, simply expecting New York to outbid everyone in the posting process is not a sure thing. For one, the Red Sox blew the Yankees away for Daisuke Matsuzaka. And second, the Oakland A's not agreeing to terms with Hisashi Iwakuma in what some believe was a gambit to keep him away from the Rangers underscored a flaw in the posting system. That is, you can bid any amount for the player but do not have to pay the fee if no terms are agreed to.

What's stopping Boston from bidding an outrageous $100 million fee (double Matsuzaka's fee) and then just simply letting him walk away?

This much is clear: the Yankees have a lot on their hands to build their rotation now that the Cliff Lee saga has ended.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 8:46 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 10:53 pm

Tuesday evening rumor roundup

Well, the first day of the general managers' meetings in Orlando was more eventful than expected. The Braves stole Dan Uggla from the Marlins, the Cardinals re-signed Jake Westbrook and Florida overpaid for John Buck.

There's other talk 'round the meetings and here's a few of the other notes from Tuesday:

• The Marlins are looking at a multi-year deal with right-hander Ricky Nolasco. (Miami Herald )

• Reds general manager Walt Jocketty says he's spoken to the agents for free agents Arthur Rhodes and Miguel Cairo. Asked if the Reds were likely to sign any outside free agents, Jocketty said, "probably not." (Cincinnati Enquirer )

• Jocketty says the Reds are talking to teams about acquiring a leadoff hitter. (MLB.com )

• The agent for Reds right fielder Jay Bruce says his client is open to selling out his arbitration-eligible years in a long-term deal. Bruce is a Super Two player. (MLB.com )

• Free agent left-hander Jeff Francis is drawing interest from the Pirates, Mariners, Rockies, Brewers and Astros. (ESPN.com )

• The Yankees are interested in left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano. (Newsday )

• Bill Hall could be an option for the Yankees. (FoxSports.com )

• Chad Tracy, who played for the Marlins and Cubs last season, has signed with Japan's Hiroshima Carp for about $1.3 million. (NPB Tracker )

• Former Red and Mariner Wladimir Balentien has reportedly signed to play in Japan. (NPB Tracker )

• Japan's SoftBank Hawks are working on signing Marcus Thames. (NPB Tracker )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:00 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 11:17 pm

Bruce, Votto could sign extensions with Reds

Bruce and Votto Agent Matt Sosnick appeared on the Diamond Hoggers' Baseball Show Thursday and had some interesting information to divulge, especially about his Reds client in Jay Bruce (picture, on the right) and some speculation on Joey Votto (left in picture).

Courtesy of a breakdown provided by MLB Trade Rumors , Sosnick said that Jay Bruce would be open to signing a long-term contract with the Reds for five or six years. Bruce recently completed his third season in the majors at age 23, hitting .281/.353/.493 with 25 home runs and has now hit at least 21 home runs in each of the three years he's been in the majors.

However, what represented a major step forward for Bruce was in batting average, as his rookie year checked in at .225 and his sophomore year at .223 prior to a fractured wrist that knocked him out for two months. Finally, Bruce is emerging as the middle-of-the-order force many predicted and should pair with Joey Votto to give pitchers nightmares over the next few seasons.

Bruce has one more year at the league-minimum salary due him before entering three years of arbitration. That's why Sosnick and Bruce are open to signing a long-term extension rather than testing the market: they're tied to the Reds for four more years anyways. Lately, star players ink extensions instead of going year-by-year in arbitration with the first year or two of free agency bought out as well. It gives the youngsters security and allows management to avoid the messy process arbitration can be (not to mention out-of-control salaries).

On Votto's side, however, Sosnick expects Cincinnati to come and pay for the first baseman if the club would like a long-term extension. Votto, represented by Dan Lozano, is poised to enter arbitration for the first time and should get a nice payday after his expected nod as the NL MVP. The 27-year-old cranked 37 home runs and hit .323/.424/.600 in 648 PA, driving in 113. Sosnick cited deals signed by Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki and Arizona's Justin Upton as comparables for Votto.

Tulowitzki, a shortstop, signed a six-year, $31 million deal prior to the 2008 season as a 23-year-old (and is now woefully underpaid) while Upton, a right-fielder, signed on the dotted line for six years and $51.25 million in spring training as a 22-year-old.

Votto has plenty of age over Tulowitzki and Upton, but working in his favor is his status as one of the premier power threats in the NL that should help make up for any disparity. Given Votto has three years of arbitration, a four- or five-year deal makes sense, at an annual value of roughly $10 million. Votto's impending arbitration case should go a long way toward determining the value of Votto and could set into motion extension talks.

In other notes, Sosnick spoke on Josh Willingham's interest in returning to Washington (story here ) and mentioned that the Giants inquired on Willingham. The asking price? Jonathan Sanchez or Madison Bumgarner. No thanks, said San Francisco, and rightfully so.

Sosnick also represents Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins. The two sides are trying to come to agreement on a long-term extension and agree on the years but are "20 percent" apart in salary.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:40 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 10:35 am

R.I.P. Marlins: New wave arrives

RIP As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the oft-maligned Florid Marlins.

The Marlins were slapped on the wrist in the offseason for not spending enough money on major-league payroll, then had their financials leaked. Meanwhile, owner Jeffrey Loria walked Fredi Gonzalez right out of town and into the grateful arms of the Braves, and the team missed .500 by one game.


The Marlins had a gaping hole at catcher for much of the season. John Baker was on the verge of establishing himself as a permanent starting catcher, but his 2010 season was cut off as soon as it had began and he underwent Tommy John surgery. That left Ronny Paulino, good only against lefties, to play full time before angering the organization after testing positive for PEDs. That left the team with Brett Hayes and Brad Davis down the stretch.

For the last two seasons, the Marlins have been waiting on Cameron Maybin to break out. They'll have to wait some more, as Maybin hit just .234/.302/.361 in 322 plate appearances and Cody Ross got the bulk of playing time in center before he was sent to the Giants. Florida remains high on the 23-year-old, but at some point has to start producing.

Ricky Nolasco has been far, far better than his ERAs of the last two seasons might indicated. Nolasco shacked up respective ERAs of 5.06 and 4.51 in 2009 and 2010, but his xFIP tells a far different story at 3.28 and 3.55, respectively. Luck and poor defense abandoned Nolasco, however, so he remains a tantalizing pitcher who just needs breaks to go his way.


Mike Stanton The Marlins introduced some intriguing prospects to the majors, the most interesting of all being Mike Stanton (pictured, right). At just 20, Stanton bashed 22 home runs in 396 PA along with 22 doubles, good enough for a .259/.326/.507 line. All he has to do is cut down on strikeouts, raise the batting average and he will be a once-in-a-generation stud. As it is, he's already a once-in-a-generation power hitter.

He's joined by Logan Morrison, a natural first baseman who is playing out of position in left for the moment. In 287 PA, LoMo hit .283/.390/.447 and gives the Fish an incredible 3-4 combo for years. First baseman Gaby Sanchez also impressed, albeit at the advanced age of 27.

Josh Johnson was a dominating pitcher and proved Florida made the right call in signing him to a four-year deal just before the regular season. Johnson had a pedestrian 11-8 record thanks to bad luck, but was absolutely stellar in other facets of the game. His 2.30 ERA, 3.15 xFIP and 186 punchouts in 183 1/3 innings makes the 26-year-old one of the best pitchers in the game.


Florida has graduated most of its better prospects already in Sanchez, Stanton, Morrison, Scott Cousins and Alex Sanabia. However, there are still two top prospects that could make an impact as soon as 2011.

Matt Dominguez, despite not playing above Double-A, is a candidate to start at third base for Florida as early as 2011. While that may be an aggressive move, Dominguez is major-league ready with the fielding and his bat should eventually come around. First, the team needs to figure out who plays where between Dominguez, Dan Uggla, Morrison, Sanchez and Chris Coghlan.

Catcher Kyle Skipworth will eventually be the answer to Florida's catching issue. While he can't step in and contribute in that capacity in 2011, he could make his debut in advance of a 2012 job. Skipworth will spend most of the year in Double-A as a 21-year-old and needs to improve his contact skills. The power is there, all Skipworth needs is to string together a few more hits.


The Marlins expect to contend, which is partly why owner Jeffrey Loria fired Fredi Gonzalez. What he didn't realize, however, was that the talent of the Marlins was pretty much of a .500 team. The club should be better next year with full seasons from Stanton and Morrison, but need to upgrade its rotation and find a capable catcher to make some noise.


The Marlins shouldn't rush Matt Dominguez to the majors. He deserves to see his bat develop more in a less strenuous setting. However, the team should plan around Dominguez' eventual promotion, even if that's not until 2012. In addition, Logan Morrison is too much of a liability on defense to stick in left field.

The club should stick Coghlan in left field with the intention of leaving him there for the next few years, or until either Scott Cousins or Isaac Galloway knock the door down. Morrison shifts to first base, with Sanchez being dangled as trade bait for either a catcher, top relief pitcher or a starter that can give Florida a deep rotation.

Dan Uggla (pictured above, right) is entering the final year of his arbitration, and the club would do well to sign him for three- to four years, although Uggla may be looking for a longer deal than that. If the Marlins can convince Uggla to take three or four years, they can go into 2012's rebranding as the Miami Marlins with a new stadium and have Uggla as a name to sell fans on. If not, Coghlan can shift to second and free agency or internal promotions used for a left fielder. Florida could also opt to trade Uggla this offseason, put Coghlan at second and package Uggla and Sanchez for a major upgrade. The latter scenario is unlikely, plus Uggla is needed by Florida if they hope to win over the next several years.


Florida will hang around the wild card chase and could even put a scare into a few teams down the stretch, but will ultimately fall short.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 11:33 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 11:33 pm

Knee surgery for Marlins' Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco
All signs pointed to Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco being done for the season with a torn meniscus in his right knee, and Fox Sports Florida is reporting via Twitter that he'll undergo surgery and miss the rest of the year.

Nolasco tore the medial meniscus on August 17 while tying his shoes, and was shelled the only time he's taken the mound since. He'll finish the season 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA in 26 starts. He has won at least 10 games in each of his four full major-league seasons.

Left-hander Andrew Miller will take Nolasco's scheduled start Friday against the Braves.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:57 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 11:57 am

Ohlendorf's nightmare season might be over

Ross Ohlendorf
Ross Ohlendorf's offseason plans should probably begin with finding someone to take the curse off him. Because that might be the only way to explain the run of bad luck the Pirates right-hander has had this year.

He's been on the disabled list with a lower back injury and missed more games with a leg injury. He got hit in the head by a line drive. Now his season might be over after he was diagnosed with an upper back muscle strain, and he has no idea how the injury happened. He thinks he might have slept on it wrong.

Ohlendorf is 1-11 this season, even though his ERA is a respectable 4.07. As a point of reference, Florida's Ricky Nolasco has won 14 games and the Angels' Ervin Santana 13 with higher ERAs. And neither of them plays for a winning team, though they don't play for a team as bad as the Pirates.

It seems only appropriate that in what might have been Ohlendorf's last start Monday, he took the loss despite throwing just 10 pitches before leaving with the injury. According to baseball-reference.com, only four other pitchers since 1988 have lost a game while throwing 10 pitches or fewer.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: August 23, 2010 12:15 pm

Nolasco may make next start

Ricky Nolasco When one tears a meniscus in the knee, you're generally out of commission for a while.

Except for Ricky Nolasco, apparently.

After tearing the meniscus in his right knee tying his shoes, causing his Sunday start to be scratched, it was thought Nolasco would be lost for the rest of the season.

Instead, he may make his next start. He's slated to play catch on Monday and toss a bullpen session Wednesday, the Miami Herald reports .

"He wants to pitch, and he says he's feeling much better the last two days,'' manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "At this point of the season, pretty much everybody's hurt. Nobody's 100 percent. If he says he's 90, 95 percent, I think it's good enough."

Nolasco has been the best Marlins pitcher not named Josh Johnson on the year, posting a 14-8 record and 4.22 ERA in 25 starts, walking a scant 1.7 per nine along with an 8.5 K/9. He's 9-2 with a 3.45 ERA since June 23. And in one respect, he's better than Johnson.

"I think [Nolasco] and [Dan] Uggla are the ones that have been carrying the team in the second half,'' Rodriguez said. "... They've pretty much been the two guys that have been the most consistent through the second half.''

It makes you wonder why the Marlins are even trying to keep Nolasco in the rotation. He clearly won't be 100 percent for the rest of the year. Yes, as Rodriguez said, no one is 100 percent. But there's a difference between being sore and having bumps and bruises and ... a torn meniscus.

At 62-61 and 10 1/2 games out of first, Florida has conceded the season as evidenced by allowing the Giants a waiver claim on Cody Ross. Wouldn't it then make more sense to disable Nolasco and give him as much time as he needs to recover before putting him out on the mound? It doesn't mean his season has to be over, but missing just one start seems awfully aggressive for a torn meniscus.

The odds are still against Nolasco making a quick return to the mound, which may leave Andrew Miller in the rotation. Despite a truly horrible season in Double-A, Miller went five innings on Sunday in place of Nolasco, giving up just one run. He walked three and whiffed three, which is largely indicative of his skill set.

-- Evan Brunell

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