The Marlins won't trade young superstar Giancarlo Stanton, but Nolasco is in another category, rivals said.
There's interest in him, but after a so-so season in which he went 12-13 with a 4.48 ERA, the Marlins probably couldn't expect a large return.
Nolasco, a dependable right-hander, makes more than double all his teammates at $11.5 million, and more than five times all but one teammate (the just-acquired Yunel Escobar makes $5 milion). No other Marlins player makes more than $2 million. The longtime Marlin Nolasco is eligible for free agency after 2013, when his three-year, $26.5-million contract expires.
Marlins ownership is being lambasted in South Florida as it is for the 12-player trade with Toronto that sent stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto. But at this point, it's hard to think a trade of Nolasco, a good but not great pitcher, would exacerbate things.
Sources say the Marlins' revenues fell well below expectations in their first season in new Marlins Park, and some amount of cost-cutting is actually necessary.
In an interview in this space two weeks ago Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said the blockbuster trade was made because the team needed to try a "new path'' following its last-place finish with a $118-million payroll. That path will include Stanton, the powerful superstar. But it may not include Nolasco.