Although the Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly engaged in trade talks for Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, that doesn’t mean he’s the only pitcher they’re looking to add. According to Nick Cafardo, the Blue Jays along with the Minnesota Twins are showing interest in Ricky Nolasco:
A few teams, including the Twins and Blue Jays, are circling Nolasco, but nobody has been able to seal a deal. The free agent pitching market has yet to fully develop as teams are trying to get help via trades. The Red Sox have received several inquiries about their starting pitchers.
Nolasco has reportedly been seeking a five-year deal, which is no small investment for a pitcher who prior to the past season, only had one year where his ERA was under 4.48.
The Minnesota Twins are desperate to improve their rotation, so they could potentially be viewed as the favorite simply because they may be willing to overpay for Nolasco. But even so, matching Nolasco’s desired five-year, $80 million dollar deal will be tough.