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Miami is reportedly looking for a mid-level prospect in return for Nolasco, who is in the final year of a three-year pact with the Marlins. The 30-year-old right-hander requested a trade over the winter in the wake of the club’s fire sale, but was rebuked.
2013 Mock Draft
Let’s take one final run-through of the amateur draft before the real thing kicks off.
While it seems strange that Miami would elect to hold onto its highest-paid player ($11.5 million) amidst serious cost-cutting, it’s likely that the club was just waiting until his market value had increased. Nolasco has pitched well over the season’s first two months — posting a 3.61 ERA and 3.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 13 starts — so the Marlins’ presumed wait-and-see approach with the right-hander is likely to pay off.
Now an eight-year MLB veteran, Nolasco owns a career 4.43 ERA in nearly 1,200 innings pitched, all of which have come with the Marlins.
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