The Marlins all-time leader in wins is now a Dodger. Ricky Nolasco, who grew up a Dodger fan in southern California, is heading back home to help them make a push towards the playoffs.
This was a move that was slated to happen, so hardly a shock here. The Marlins made the move for two reasons – free up money and get some young players in return for a departing Ricky Nolasco, in the final year of his contract.
The Marlins were able to find a partner in the Dodgers as they not only agreed to pay the remaining $5.7 of Nolasco’s contract, but they also agreed to send the Marlins three new young players, all pitchers. The Dodger sent Josh Wall, Steve Ames, and #8 prospect Angel Sanchez (according to MLB.com).
Angel Sanchez seems to be the focal point of this deal. No really, he was:
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There is a little write up about him but basically, he is a lanky pitcher with a lot of growing still left to do. He’s 6’3″ but only 177. The Dominican Republic native will need to cut down on the hits he gives up – he had a noticeable fall back from the 2011 to 2012 seasons. He is still giving up a fair amount of hits this season, but he is still getting a high rate of K’s, too. He continues to work at the Single A level for the time being.
In Steve Ames, the Marlins look to be getting a reliever down the road. Could be a spot starter and has a low-90′s fastball and slider that can get hitters out.
Josh Wall also looks to be a reliever. At 6’6″, he could be another Jon Rauch-type of reliever (?) but at 26, he’s not much of a prospect but more of a known quantity.
Both Ames and Wall will start off at AAA New Orleans while Sanchez will head to A Jupiter. Ames and Wall may see some time in the pen pretty soon, with Kevin Slowey slated to take a spot in the rotation in the interim.
Overall, it would seem the Marlins were a bit jumpy with this deal. They may not have had much to work with considering the market and a deal with the Dodgers may have been more about getting Ricky somewhere than it was about netting a return. This deal is pretty average in a return for the Marlins – they were most likely going to lose Nolasco to free agency at the end of the season. Still, it may have been more preferential to keep Nolasco and at least make an attempt to bring him back – it would have shown good faith towards Giancarlo Stanton and may have gone a bit further in trying to re-sign him.