Dodgers Reportedly Acquire Ricky Nolasco, and the Price Is Right

nolasco_marlinsHere’s how confident I was that the Dodgers were going to acquire Ricky Nolasco at some point soon — I pre-wrote a post about it so that I could simply hit “publish” while I was away for the weekend. The streak lives! And then of course, I actually have some downtime at a friend’s place, so I’m able to flesh this out a bit.

Remember, we looked into this at the end of June, and determined that even though Nolasco is far from an ace, he’s not a bad guy to add to your rotation. No, there’s not really anything all that sexy about a #4 starter, and no one’s expecting him to be better than Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, or Hyun-jin Ryu. To be honest, I can’t even really say for sure that he’s going to be better than Stephen Fife, though Fife has had some trouble tonight. But I think we all expect Fife to fall apart at some point, and Chris Capuano can’t really be relied upon upon. Considering the depth at this point is to bring back the zombified Ted Lilly, pretend Matt Palmer is a major league pitcher, or force Zach Lee into a pennant race, getting Nolasco is definitely move worth making.

Of course, all along we worried about the cost, and that’s where this really seems like a win. Going back to Miami are righty minor league pitchers Steve Ames, Angel Sanchez, and Josh Wall, per Jon Heyman and Chris Cotillo, and I have to say I really, really like this idea. We’ve seen Wall, and he’s fine, but he’s 26 with a middle reliever ceiling at best. Sanchez has shown talent but is on his third year in A-ball and probably profiles as a reliever. Ames has gaudy minor league numbers — at least he did until getting to Albuquerque this year — but is 25 and doesn’t have the scouting reports to back up those numbers.

So what Ned Colletti has done here is beef up the pitching depth by adding a starter who immediately becomes one of  the team’s best five starters, and he’s given up only three good-but-not-great relief prospects to do it. No Zach Lee, no Ross Stripling, no Zachary Bird, not even a Chris Withrow or a Garrett Gould. The Dodgers also pick up all of Nolasco’s remaining salary for the year — which, who cares — and there were unconfirmed reports that the Dodgers may collect some international signing cap room as well.

If they do, that’s just gravy. Nolasco isn’t great, but he’s an improvement, and the price is minimal. Really, really nicely done by the Dodgers, once this is official.

 

952 comments
BIah
BIah

Game threat level nearing midnight

Noel D
Noel D

Padres trying hard to remain perfect for July.  Losing 11-4 in the 6th (would be their 9th-straight loss)

Dang88
Dang88

Mike is stuck in Chicago

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

just got home from the airport, and my internet is running painfully slow. Let's see if I can bust out a quick game threat.

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

Eric Stephen - who spells like a first-grader - posts that the Nolasco trade keeps Fife in the "staring rotation", LOL!!!

KMT59
KMT59

@Mike Petriello I know the feeling just catching up from my two days at Disneyland...Haven't caught up on any comments

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

@Catfishin I just posted that.  A few posts below.  Pretty funny tweet!

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

At least he's not manually retweeting as much anymore

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@nsxtasy As someone who spells like a first grader I cant really fault him

Dang88
Dang88

He got Cruuuuuuz

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

@Moon Warrior (VND) I hate it. It's why I would rather target 2nd tier star players like John Wall, Rudy Gay, etc. In the end, it's about winning, so if getting LeBron means more titles, so be it. I will still hate the guy. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

that would be so funny if Lebron ended up with the Lakers after all that shit your fanbase has given him over the past ten years

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

@Moon Warrior (VND) They have a plan in place. After this season, only one player is on the roster (Steve Nash and his 9 million cap hit). Basically all the cap the Lakers have will be used to bring in guys like John Wall, Rudy Gay, Danny Granger, perhaps Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James (should they exercise their Early Termination options on their contracts). If you time it right, it means you can get two guys to max contracts, while bringing back Kobe, Gasol, and others with Bird Rights on team friendly deals. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Lakers also are a rebuilding franchise at this point. 

Dang88
Dang88

All I can come up with is he didnt, that baseball was destined for his hand

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

For being a moderator you sure pick on people a lot

BIah
BIah

@nsxtasy @TellMyWifeISaidHello It's cause there wasn't anything particularly funny about that typo.  Some typos are ironic or amusing, that one was pretty ho-hum