Thursday, July 4, 2013
By Jason A. Churchill
Miami Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco is the hottest name in trade buzz right now and he tossed seven strong innings versus the division-leading Atlanta Braves Wednesday, improving his trade value, if nothing else. He struck out seven and yielded but two runs, lowering his season ERA to 3.85.
Clubs being mentioned as potential suitors include the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, who would presumably use Nolasco in the No. 4 or 5 spot in their respective rotations. For the Dodgers, that may mean Chris Capuano heads back to the bullpen, as he's being bettered by right-hander Stephen Fife of late. The Giants likely will stick Tim Lincecum in the bullpen should they acquire a starter.
Other clubs that may have interest in Nolasco include the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, each of whom had scouts in attendance to see Nolasco beat the Braves. The Padres and Rockies also had scouts in Atlanta.
The Angels need pitching, too, but they've yet to be mentioned, though they could have their eyes on other names.