The Dodgers and Marlins are in talks about Miami right-hander Ricky Nolasco, sources confirm. It isn't known yet what the chances for a deal are, but several people around baseball are aware the teams are talking.
Two executives from other teams went so far as to suggest they believe the Dodgers are the favorite to land the consistent starter. As of Wednesday night, a Dodgers-connected person wasn't positive where things stood, but Jim Duquette of Sirius Radio suggested on air on Thursday that something could happen on Thursday.
The Dodgers are seeking one starter and one reliever, and Nolasco would fit their needs, especially considering his history of dominance against the Dodgers' biggest rival, the San Francisco Giants. Nolasco, a Southern California native from Rialto, is 5-3 with a 2.09 ERA vs. the Giants, including 4-0 with a 1.47 ERA at AT&T Park.
Chad Billingsley is out for the year for the Dodgers, and Ted Lilly is on the disabled list, leaving them short a starter or two
Nolasco, 4-7 with a 3.68 ERA this year, has 77 strikeouts against only 23 walks. He has close to $6 million left on his $11.5 million 2013 salary, but that might not be such a problem for the Dodgers, who have a payroll close to $220 million. Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported about talks between the teams a couple days ago.