According to ESPN’s Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN on twitter) the Marlins have adjusted their asking price for Ricky Nolasco as the trade deadline approaches.
Originally, the Marlins were said to want a good prospect for Nolasco, as well as to find a team that would take on all of the remaining money on his contract. Now, it seems that they’d be willing to trade him for a less than spectacular prospect, or share the burden of his salary (6 million or so) with the other team.
This change is thought to be linked to the Marlins’ desire to get Nolasco out of Miami as soon as possible. In fact, many people think that they want to trade him by Wednesday, his next scheduled start.
The race for Nolasco is thought to be down to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, and the Texas Rangers. The Dodgers, due to it’s ownership’s spending policy, could probably afford to pay all of Nolasco’s salary, but give a worse prospect in return than the other teams linked, who may not be willing to pay his salary in full.
Nolasco has been solid this season, pitching to a 4-8 record with a 3.93 ERA. Part of the Marlins’ desire to trade him quickly may be linked to an expected decline in performance, as he’s posted an ERA of over 4.48 in every season since 2008.