Both the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres have held discussions with the Miami Marlins about starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco. As we reported earlier, the Marlins are moving fast in their efforts to trade Nolasco and both the Padres and Giants have been two of the most interested parties. Some rival GM’s have said they expect Nolasco to end up with the Giants, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are doing everything they can to prevent that.
According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Hearing Dodgers are on blitzkrieg to get Nolasco. Makes sense. They can absorb $$, keep him away from
#sfgiants, #padres. Could be soon.
The Dodgers, who apparently have endless amounts of money could simply buy Nolasco away from the Giants or Padres and adsorb his hefty deal as Shulman suggests, though, it would only raise the price of fellow starting pitchers on the market like Bud Norris.
Currently, the Dodgers sit 8 games out of first place behind the Arizona Diamondbacks though only 4.5 and 5 behind the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.