Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco has been on the trade block for quite some time and the Dodgers have been the primary destination for the right handed starter.
Nolasco hasn’t auditioned well for teams as he hasn’t gotten through the sixth inning in three of his last four starts and allowed five runs in his latest audition.
However, Nolasco is slated to start tonight for the Marlins and according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Dodgers are still the front-runner:
“The Dodgers appear to be the frontrunner among more than a half-dozen teams that have expressed some level of interest. And indications are, if it is not Los Angeles, Nolasco still could be headed West.”
The Dodgers have been very active on the trade front after they traded for reliever Carlos Marmol and could be a landing spot for Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.
With the emergence of Stephen Fife as a reliable option in the rotation, the Dodgers would likely use Nolasco in place of Chris Capuano, who was dreadful in his last start.
As of this afternoon, Nolasco is still on pace to start for the Marlins tonight, but with rain in the forecast and the “Fish” looking to move him quickly, Nolasco could be scratched from the start.