The Miami Marlins and Dodgers are close to a deal that would send Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers in exchange for three prospects.
In order to trade lesser prospects, the Dodgers will likely pick up the remaining $5.5 million on his contract as they look to upgrade the rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun Jin Ryu.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com had the latest on the negotiations:
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are in serious talks with the Miami Marlins in their quest to land starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco. The Dodgers would trade three prospects (none upper-echelon) for the 6-foot-2 righthander. According to one MLB source, the teams are “getting close.”
In 18 starts this season, Nolasco is 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA, but his latest start against the Braves has intensified negotiations between the two teams.
The Dodgers have been very active as they’ve already traded for Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol and signed Ian Stewart to a minor league contract to give them more infield depth.
According to Rosenthal, the Dodgers are also going to get international signing money in the deal:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 6, 2013
It looks like a trade could be finished as early as tonight as the Dodgers have crawled their way out of a deep hole at the beginning of the year and are just 3.5 games behind the first place Diamondbacks.