Marlins begin talks on contract extension for Ricky Nolasco

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According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have had preliminary talks with Ricky Nolasco regarding a contract extension.

Nolasco, who turns 28 in December, is making $3.8 million this season and remains under team control through 2012.

Back in January, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported that the Marlins would explore a multi-year deal for Nolasco if he had a strong 2010 season. Just last month we heard whispers of Nolasco being available in a possible trade, however it now appears they intend to make good on their promise.

Nolasco is 14-8 with a 4.22 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 25 starts this season, posting an excellent 147/30 K/BB ratio in 155 2/3 innings. After somewhat of an uneven first half, he has a 3.40 ERA, 1.09 ERA and a 53/8 K/BB ratio over seven starts since the All-Star break. Only Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels have managed more strikeouts than Nolasco during that span. We’re still waiting for another year like 2008, but Nolasco has the potential to be one of the best right-handed starters in the National League in the years ahead.

For what it’s worth, Nolasco is represented by Matt Sosnick, who negotiated with the Marlins on a four-year contract extension for Josh Johnson over the winter.