Marlins begin talks on contract extension for Ricky Nolasco


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 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.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize $10M, 1-year contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a $10 million, one-year contract on Monday.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.