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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