There have been a number of rumors in recent weeks that the Marlins were open to shopping Ricky Nolasco. Call off the trade-watch, however, because they just signed him to a three-year, $26.5 million extension. My suspicion is that the trade rumors were floated mostly as a negotiation tactic anyway. I’ve heard that Nolasco really wanted to stay in Florida and really wanted to get a multi-year deal now, so any suggestion that he’d be sent off someplace probably helped drive his price down.
The deal buys out Nolasco’s final two years of arbitration eligibility and his first year of free agency. At an average cost of under nine million a year, it’s not a bad deal for a solid starter who strikes out a lot of guys. At least in this market.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.