The Los Angeles Dodgers have made it known that they’re interested in adding at least one starting pitcher this off-season. Masahiro Tanaka and David Price have been the primary targets, but one Dodgers free agent pitcher said his preference is to stay with the Dodgers.
Ricky Nolasco was acquired midseason from the Miami Marlins in exchange for three minor leaguers and impressed in his first 12 starts with the team. However, his September and postseason performance drew the ire of Dodger fans, but according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Nolasco prefers to be back with the Dodgers:
The agent who represents Nolasco, Matt Sosnick, would not comment about the specific offers for Nolasco or about which team is willing to go to a fourth year. He did not rule out the possibility that Nolasco could return to the Dodgers.
We’ve said all along that Ricky’s first choice would be to re-sign with the Dodgers, if they’re interested, said Sosnick.
It’s been reported that Nolasco is seeking five years and $80 million while he’s reportedly gotten three and four year offers from pitching-needy clubs. While the figures wouldn’t make sense for the Dodgers, a lot of their interest in Nolasco seems to hinge on whether or not they can sign Tanaka or trade for Price.
MLB and NPB reportedly had an agreement in place last night on a posting system, but MLB announced this morning that the deal was off the table since it took so long for NPB to get back to them.
During his time with the Dodgers, Nolasco went 8-3 with a 3.52 ERA and the LA native seemed to enjoy his time with his hometown team. Whether the Dodgers are willing to shell out that type of money for possibly their number four starter remains to be seen, but it’s clear he’d come back if they showed interest.
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