Monday, July 1, 2013
Latest on Nolasco
By Jason A. Churchill
The trade buzz for Miami Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco has heated up recently, and the latest comes from FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, who reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers have major competition right in their own division.
The San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants are the Dodgers' top rivals for Nolasco.
Rosenthal adds that the Rockies are not a factor any longer and that the Baltimore Orioles, while still in it, don't feel confident they're a major player.
Rosenthal also writes that the Texas Rangers are a possibility and that Cubs right-hander Matt Garza is another potential target for clubs looking for starting pitching.
If the Giants acquire Nolasco or Garza or any starting pitcher this summer it will be interesting to see what changes they make to their current rotation. Tim Lincecum has struggled again for the better part of the season and could be a significant addition to the club's bullpen, as he was during last October's World Series-winning run.
The Dodgers presumably would use an acquisition in place of Stephen Fife, while Robbie Erlin figures to be the odd-man out if the Padres add a proven starter.
ESPN Insider Jim Bowden recently constructed a handful of potential trades involving Nolasco.