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Ricky Nolasco agrees to four-year contract with Twins

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Ricky Nolasco is headed to Minnesota via free agency.
Ricky Nolasco is headed to Minnesota via free agency. (USATSI)

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Ricky Nolasco has agreed to sign a deal with the Minnesota Twins, confirms Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The free agent right-handed starter seemed to confirm the news on his own by changing his Twitter AVI to a Twins logo Wednesday evening.

The deal is a four-year pact worth $49 million with a fifth year club option according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, making it the largest free agent contract in Twins history. Nolasco will earn $12 million annually from 2014-17, and the option is worth $13 million with a $1 million buyout. It can vest based on innings pitched from 2016-17.

The Twins headed into the offseason seeking multiple veteran starting pitchers, so Nolasco is only the first step in helping to shape the rotation heading into next season. And it's a rotation that badly needed a makeover. The Twins ranked dead last in the majors with a 5.26 ERA, with the 29th ranked rotation ERA being 4.81.

Nolasco, 30, is an upgrade over some of the returning candidates on the Twins, though he's hardly a frontline starter. He was 13-11 with a 3.70 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 165 strikeouts in 199 1/3 innings for the Marlins and Dodgers last season.

During the course of his eight-year career, Nolasco is 89-75 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

As things stand at present, Nolasco appears in line to be the ace of the Twins staff, ahead of the likes of Sam Deduno, Kevin Correia and Vance Worley.

Again, though, the Twins likely aren't done. They have been rumored to be targeting Bronson Arroyo and Matt Garza as well.

News of the Nolasco signing was first reported by Chris Cotillo of SB Nation's MLB Daily Dish.

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