Trade Rumor: Yankees interested in Ricky Nolasco 12


The Miami Marlins have two starters coming off the DL any day now which means that Ricky Nolasco could be on the trade block and the Yankees are one of many interested teams, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.

Nolasco, 30, has a 3.80 ERA, a 7.4 K/9, a 2.3 BB/9, a 42.9 ground ball percentage in 87.2 innings so far this season which is good for a 102 ERA+. He is owed $11.5 million this year and is a free agent this offseason.

The Yankees have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball and don’t appear to have a huge need for him so chances of a deal happening are slim. Also consider that Michael Pineda will be back sometime within the next month. Pineda is far from a sure thing though and Nolasco is better and more consistent than Phil Hughes so I wouldn’t rule anything out.

More likely, the Yankees are probably just doing their due diligence. They have had consistent interest in Nolasco over the years though including as recently as this offseason. WIth Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte getting up there in age, perhaps they could view this as a trial to see how he fits into the AL East before pursuing him as a free agent.

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12 thoughts on “Trade Rumor: Yankees interested in Ricky Nolasco

  • Tanned Tom

    What could possibly be the point in acquiring a pitcher with 4.43 ERA in the NL? The guy is a scrub for the Marlins, moving him to the AL East is a bad idea. It is a rare pitcher who moves from the NL to the AL and improves, or even keeps the same numbers. Kuroda is the exception.
    Put it this way, Nolasco is putting up Phil Hughes numbers for his career in a non-DH league, in a light hitting division. We already have a Phil Hughes-type pitcher, we have no need to import one. Totally bad idea to trade for this guy.

    • Rob Abruzzese Post author

      Considering the Cubs are going nowhere and Hughes and Joba are going to be free agents this offseason, you just suggested Nova for Garza. No way Epstein even considers that.

        • Rob Abruzzese Post author

          Look at this from the Cubs perspective. You just proposed a deal for their ace and offered Nova (who has struggled for a year and a half and was recently demoted to the minors for poor performance), Montgomery (who is a decent prospect, but a reliever and hurt), Nunez (a bad fielder who can't hit and is also hurt), Culver (a failed prospect), and Gumbs (who currently has a .599 OPS in Single-A). Would you make this deal? Because I wouldn't.

          If you want to know what it would take to land Garza start thinking of what you would want if you were the Cubs. I'm talking Tyler Austin and Jose Ramirez. David Phelps almost definitely would have to be involved, but as a throw in (like Noesi was in the Pineda deal).

          • Rob Abruzzese Post author

            Even Nolasco won't be cheap. Certainly not as expensive. The Yankees might be able to get him and still hang on to Tyler Austin, but they will have to give up at least one good prospect. And maybe David Phelps.

  • vinnny

    Wade Miley is struggling right now..Arizona has tons of young pitching….bring him over to NY where lefties have a chance to succed…he will prob see each team only once which is in his favor…and with ther veterans around him, he can learn how to pitch without any pressure…thats if Arizona is sending him back to minors , which i read 2 weeks ago……..or at least get some left handed starters Petite wont be around forever or Sabathia

  • mikefoxtrot

    The Yankees aren't going to trade for Nolosco unless the Marlins accept a Miami-native third baseman in exchange or throw in a righthanded-hitting right fielder.

  • Carl

    As a Yankee fan I would shop Slade Heathcott, J.R. Murphy, Joba Chamberlain, and throw in one more prospect and ask for a mediocre left handed GROUND BALL pitcher. I would take anyone in the AL with an ERA under 4.5 and anyone in the NL with an ERA under 3.9. Then move Hughes to the pullpen and trade more relievers for a bat (guess what problem solved).

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