Stark: Yankees “already have interest” in Ricky Nolasco


Via Jayson Stark: The Yankees are one of the teams that “already have interest” in Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco. “I think he’d be a great addition for somebody, as a No. 3 or 4 [starter],” said a scout to Stark. “He’s very similar to what Anibal Sanchez was last year. He’s not a 1 or a 2. But he’s a veteran guy who can go out and spin seven innings, and do it, I think, for a contending team.”

Nolasco, 30, has a 3.61 ERA (3.54 FIP) in 82.1 innings across 12 starts this year. His strikeout rate (7.32 K/9 and 19.9 K%) is his best in years while his walk (2.19 BB/9 and 6.0 BB%) and ground ball (42.1%) numbers are right in line with his career norms. Nolasco will earn $11.5M this year and become a free agent after the season. The Yankees had interest in acquiring him over the winter, before re-signing Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte. The pitching staff is fine right now, though I guess they could add Nolasco and flip Phil Hughes or David Phelps for a bat. That’s kind of a roundabout way of improving the team though.

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline


  1. Josh says:

    Can we get Stanton with him too? Half-serious.

    • Jacob the OG says:

      100% serious

    • Josh says:

      Seriously though, I think he’d fit in well. Girardi’s managed him before. I just worry about, like all NL pitchers, his adjustment to the AL East. Hopefully NYY wouldn’t have to give up high quality prospects, especially if they (most likely) take on his contract.

      • AndrewYF says:

        If you think the Yankees can get Stanton without giving up all of their top prospects, you’re crazy. And that probably wouldn’t even get it done.

        Maybe a package like:

        Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin, Mason Williams, David Phelps

        could be enticing, but even then maybe not.

    • trr says:

      “Can we get Stanton with him too? Half-serious.”

      Serious answer: No.

  2. Howard Cosell says:

    Flat out silly…..Phelps is a legitimate 3 or 4.

    This team is loaded with 3-5 types….

  3. The Real Me says:

    Phelps would bring more in trade than Hughes (due to his free agency at the end of the season and inconsistency as a starter). However, Phelps is also the one I’d prefer to keep based on performance this season and last as well as cost and control. Doesn’t seem to make sense to trade for Nolasco.

    But if the Marlins are willing to throw in Stanton …. :-)

  4. TheOneWhoKnocks says:

    I don’t think we need another back end starter, but if the plan is to trade Hughes then I’m ALL for it.
    Don’t see any reason to trade Phelps, I think he’s one of our most valuable players right now given his performance and cost, we have control of him for what 4 more years?
    Hughes to the Dodgers for Ethier, with the Dodgers eating a huge chunk of Ethier’s deal makes sense for both teams.

    • Jacob the OG says:

      I would rather have hughes than nolasco. Ricky has been a constant ~4.50 ERA (albeit a career 3.82 FIP) and I do not see it improving in the AL east with some 3 or 4 months to adjust. I say stand pat with streaky phil.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      5 more years of team control for Phelps after this year.

  5. Craig Miller says:

    Is the difference really that much of an upgrade? Career 5.03 ERA/1.301 WHIP in Interleague.

  6. mitch says:

    Does Hughes have more trade value than Nolasco? I’d guess its about the same.

  7. Bavarian Yankee says:

    if this means that Phil Hughes’ days in the rotation are numbered, then hell yes, get him asap. Though I’m not sure if Nolasco is better than anyone in the Yanks’ rotation, Hughesy included.

  8. Pat D says:

    Something done in a roundabout way?


  9. King George says:

    Also worth mentioning/asking is who, between Hughes and Nolasco, is more likely to accept a qualifying offer? Whoever is less likely should be the guy the Yankees decide on…

    • The Evil Umpire says:

      Its Hughes or bust, since players under the CBA cannot be offered qualifying offers if traded during their walk years.

    • Bavarian Yankee says:

      the Yanks wouldn’t offer arb to Nolasco anyway because the new CBA prevents them from getting a draft pick even if he declines.

  10. Robinson Tilapia says:

    They’ve always been linked to Nolasco. This isn’t surprising. I don’t see how this turns into anything, though. No, you can never have too much pitching, but I don’t necessarily see the situation so dire that they need to give up pieces in order to acquire a mid-rotation, at best, guy. We’be for plenty of those.

    Get Nolasco and trade Hughes? I pay no mind to the Hughes-hate crowd. Just keep Hughes instead.

  11. Get Phelps Up says:

    I really don’t think he’s much of an upgrade (if one at all) over Hughes/Phelps/Pineda to make it worthwhile.

  12. saucY says:

    How about instead of trading for Nolasco, then flipping either Hughes or Phelps for a bat, we trade whatever we would give up for Nolasco for a bat?!

    I’d rather have Hughes or Phelps in our rotation. Nolasco has done nothing to warrant a $11M paycheck from what numbers I’m looking at.


  13. Rsears57 says:

    Why get nolasko? We dumped a better Wang.

  14. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Makes absolutely no sense to trade for Nolasco this season. Sign his as a FA in a few months if they like him long term but with CC, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Phelps, Pineda and Nova, I certainly wouldn’t trade for another mid-back of the rotation starter with only 3 months of team control unless it was part of a bigger deal for a good corner outfielder.

  15. King George says:

    Just think…by keeping Hughes, they’ll likely get a compensation pick when he turns down the qualifying offer. Same with Curtis. Yankees could very feasibly have a repeat of the 2013 MLB Draft in 2014…

  16. Josh says:

    If they agreed to take on all of Nolasco’s contract, maybe that could also be a selling point in trying to get Stanton as well. Obviously, it’s a long shot and they’d have to give up some premium prospects (Heathcott, Williams, Austin, Sanchez, Ramirez, etc.) with Phelps/Nova, but I think with their recent strong draft class (Jagielo, Judge, Clarkin) they can afford to do this. Yes, the three draftees haven’t played in pro-ball yet, but they seem more likely to make a sooner impact because of college ball than the younger guys, which makes those guys expendable.

    I’d have no problem giving up Williams, Austin, Heathcott, or any of the others. It’s not like Stanton is that much older than any of them anyway. The guy is 23 freaking years old and a masher, and probably already better than what any of those guys could be. With Stanton you get your young core masher for years to come while also taking a serviceable guy like Nolasco, who is in the last year of his deal. I’d pounce on this opportunity if you can get Stanton too.

  17. CS Yankee says:

    I wouldn’t even offer Dellin for him. What a joke comparing him to Anibal…30 year old 11.5M$ pitcher with an ERA north of 5 in interleague play.

    The only way NYY are interested in him if he was the “Lowell” to the “Becket”, except the pitcher needs to be a power bat with average.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Oh, I’d give up Dellin for him at this point. Sure. I just don’t see the need for him.

      • CS Yankee says:

        Don’t know exactly what Dellin’s value is but let’s say 100K…Nolasco will cost about 6M$ for the balance of the season. So no, I wouldn’t give a Dellin for a trade for him.

        We have likely 3 pitchers superior to him (CC,Hir,Andy), three better than him (Hughes, Phelps, Pineda) and three somewhat behind him (Nova, Warren, Nuno). He will costs them about what the last six costs. The only way they should pick him up is if he is attached to a power bat.

  18. mitch says:

    Slightly off topic, but if the Yankees were in a position to move an extra pitcher, SD might be a decent trading partner. They’re hanging around the WC fringe, have terrible pitching, and a surprisingly decent stock of outfielders.

  19. Andrew Brotherton says:

    I’d do Phelps or Hughes plus Flores for Yelich and Nolasco.

  20. jjsabo says:

    The yankees may be able to pair him up with IFA space or a pick if they wait until the deadline. By then the yankees should know what a little more about Pineda and can trade Phelps and prospects (don’t think it take to much)to the brewers for Hart. Depending on what it took to get Nolasco I think it’s worth losing Phelps. Also the O’s would probably want him also.

    • Kosmo says:

      makes no sense. Hart hasn´t played an inning so far in 2013 and isn´t back until mid-July. He is also a FA in 2014. Why would NY trade a good young SP in Phelps for a soon to be FA.

      • jjsabo says:

        Didn’t realize he’d be coming back so late. I though some time this month so they’d see him. Either way the main point was about Nolasco being paired with IFA or a pick. Also I would consider Phelps a 4-5 at this point, but ya it be cheaper since he is still hurt.

  21. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Ricky Nolasco: Phil Hughes except 4 years older and worse.

    Seriously, they have pretty much identical numbers over the last few years, and Philbert’s been doing it in Yankee Stadium in the AL East.

  22. tommy casssella says:

    the idiotic yanks let wang get away because they are supposed to be so deep in pitching. no sooner do they cut wang, nuno gets put on the d.l. I just hope getting rid of wang comes back to bite them.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      Who’s spot on the MLB roster did you want Wang to take?
      He had an opt out. He wasn’t staying unless he was called up.

  23. tommy cassella says:

    no sooner do the yanks cut wang, that nuno goes on the d.l. I just hope cutting wang comes back to bite them.

    • Pat D says:

      You know who cut Wang? Wang. Not the Yankees.

      Try again.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      They didn’t cut him. He had opt outs in his contract. He had a deal with the Yankees where he could leave if he could find a MLB job.

  24. tommy cassella says:

    it makes no sense at all as to why the idiotic yanks cut wang. he was pitching great down in triple A. thanks again mr assman, you asshole.

  25. your mom says:

    I want Gallardo instead.

  26. Fin says:

    I have to laugh at this. Even if the Yankees trade Phelps in a package for a bat, they still have Nova and soon Nuno to take over the 5th spot, with Pineda not far away. You can never have too much pitching but right now the Yankees have enough number 4/5 type pitchers to call trading for another back of the rotation guy, stupid. This clearly seems to be another case of the Yankees being linked to every FA/Trade candidate that ever hits the market, no matter how unreasonable it seems.

  27. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    Unless he’s coming along with Stanton or Hecchevaria, the answer is hell no.

    It would be one thing if he had some years of control left after 2013, so they would have some idea what the rotation would look like going forward.

    But why trade for a soon to be free agent, especially when he is (when accounting for league) not even as good as the guys you have?

    The Phil Hughes hatred needs to stop. I would rather pay Hughes (all of 27 Y.O.) instead of 30+ Y.O. starters who are marginally better. Sure Phil will throw in a clunker now and then, but he’s really good most of the time. 6 IP, 2 ER type of stuff.

  28. Wayne says:

    Does Rafael Depaula Jose Ramirez or Brady Lail get traded for this guy? Or would we have to give up a Zach Nuding , nik turley or mike o’brien for Ricky Nolasco. That would suck either way!!! The deeper our rotation will be if we keep these guys. Plus they are cheaper then trading for a guy who will be a free agent this year plus we will have these guys for a while!!!

  29. Wayne says:

    Trading for this guy and giving up turley , Nuding and Mikey o’brien might be the only way this gets done. Rather give up hughes, marshall ,warren ,bryan mitchell and masón williams for this guy! Williams is injury prone and you are getting back a really good fourth starter who could be big down the stretch!

  30. tommy cassella says:

    the yanks are a team without an ace. sabbathia is an ace in name only and he really stunk up the place last night. and it is not the first time it happened ,he’s been inconsistent all year. .

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