After an extended rumored pursuit of the right-handed starter, the Dodgers landed Ricky Nolasco from the Marlins in a trade for prospects RHP Steven Ames, RHP Josh Wall, and RHP Angel Sanchez, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (confirmed by MLB). The Dodgers are paying Nolasco’s salary, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. International slot money is also involved, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. It’s $197,000, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.
In exchange for a #4 starter and extending the reserve of reliable starters to at least six, the Dodgers give up two quality relief prospects and a dynamic arm with homer/hittability problems in A-ball who may profile best as a reliever.
I’m not Nolasco’s biggest fan, but he’s a marginal upgrade over whoever he replaces, and the Dodgers gave up a marginal package to acquire him. Both Ames and Wall have great arms and may be able to join the Marlins pen today, but they are still relievers. Unless they’re potentially elite (Jonathan Broxton/Kenley Jansen), they’re a fungible commodity. I liked Sanchez last year, but he has regressed since then, and how clean he is to A-ball batters has to be disturbing. He may now profile best in the pen as well.
Overall, there’s not much to complain about here, as it’s exactly the type of deal I asked for when I analyzed the Nolasco rumors before. As a bonus, the Dodgers get to spend more in the international market.
Hard to look at this as anything but excellent value.
In related news, the Dodgers apparently did not want to pay the prospect cost for the Cubs‘ Matt Garza, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Dodgers not interested in prospect cost for Matt Garza at this time..Nolasco more realistic..Dodgers being aggressive in several trade talks
I think that’s a good decision based on the track record and surprising similarity between him and Nolasco. I said before that Garza is valued as a front-line starter without the actual performance to back it aside from one season, and that seems to be how he’s perceived on the trade market.