Feeling good about their recent play, the Dodgers are looking at the pitchers market as they’re in need of another solid starting pitcher.
It’s no secret that this season hasn’t gone as planned, but riding a season high five-game winning streak, the Dodgers find themselves only six games back of first place Arizona.
However, it sounds like they’re making a strong play for a starting pitcher and talks are in advanced stages according to Mark Saxson of ESPNLA.com:
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are deep into trade talks with the Miami Marlins about pitcher Ricky Nolasco, a source confirmed Wednesday. “There have been interesting discussions. Hard to know if anything’s close right now,” the source said.”
It was reported two days ago that the Dodgers were looking at Nolasco as well as Cubs starter Matt Garza, but it seems like they’ve zeroed in on the Marlins starter.
While he’s only 4-7, Nolasco sports a decent 3.68 ERA and would slot in behind Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Zack Greinke.
Since he’s a free agent after the season, the Dodgers don’t need to trade Tier-A prospects such as Zach Lee or Joc Pederson and would have to pay most of his remaining salary.
As they showed last August, money doesn’t seem to be an issue, which is why the Colorado Rockies and the Marlins had to call off talks, since they wouldn’t take on all of Nolasco’s salary.
Regardless, it sounds like the Dodgers hot play of late has Ned Colletti and Stan Kasten thinking trade and a resolution in the Nolasco talks could happen shortly.