As one of the few non-Giancarlo Stanton veterans on Miami’s roster performing well Ricky Nolasco has been a likely trade candidate all season and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that “the Marlins have been aggressively working to move Nolasco as soon as possible.”
Nolasco is being paid $11.5 million this season, so by moving him a month earlier than the July 31 trade deadline the Marlins would save an extra $2 million or so. And from an on-field standpoint, the sooner the Marlins trade Nolasco the less time he has to ugly up his 3.68 ERA after posting a combined 4.68 ERA from 2009-2012.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the teams most interested in Nolasco are the Orioles, Giants, Dodgers, Padres, and Rockies. So basically the NL West and Baltimore. It’s tough to imagine the Marlins getting a ton for Nolasco considering he’s an impending free agent, but maybe they think by acting before most other non-contenders start shopping their starters they can get a premium price.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: