Jun 16, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) throws during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

West Coast Rivals Clash in Battle for Miami Marlins' Ricky Nolasco

Not only will the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers renew their rivalry on the field tonight, but they are also battling in obtaining a starting pitcher from the Miami Marlins.

According to Rotoworld, the Dodgers may be winning in the sweepstakes for Ricky Nolasco. They have the slight advantage as they’re willing to eat up the rest of his salary.

The Dodgers are reportedly offering a pitching prospect, and are willing to take on the entire $5.7 million remaining on Nolasco’s salary. The Giants are said to be offering a pair of pitching prospects, but aren’t as willing to eat Nolasco’s salary. With two offers already in hand, and other teams rumored to be interested in acquiring Nolasco, the Marlins should wind up with a nice package in return for the right-hander.

Other teams include the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, and two other teams in the National League West: the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres.

Nolasco is a right-hander in his seventh season. He has a 5-8 with a 3.85 earned run average this season with the Marlins. Again, that represents more of what the Marlins are, although he has given up almost three games in double-digit hits since June. More impressive is the 90 strikeouts to 25 walks given up.

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