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Ricky Nolasco on the block?

FoxSports reported that the Marlins have reached an impasse with Ricky Nolasco.

The Florida Marlins and right-hander Ricky Nolasco have arrived at a stalemate in negotiations for a long-term contract, major league sources told

This news got all of the baseball reporters all excited.  Brent Goessling of MASN writes the following:


At this point, the Nationals' search for a No. 1 starter is largely dependent on other teams' willingness to part with a pitcher under their control. It's an expensive proposition, made even more costly by the fact that the two teams believed to be taking offers for young pitchers this winter - the Kansas City Royals (on Zack Greinke) and theTampa Bay Rays (on Matt Garza) - are in no rush to deal either one.

But there could be another option for the Nationals, albeit one that comes with its own question marks: the Marlins' Ricky Nolasco.

Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins are at an impasse in contract extension talks with the 28-year-old, who is eligible for arbitration. The two sides have been talking about a three-year deal, and the Marlins are stocked with pitching - enough that they could field a formidable rotation without Nolasco.


They got Josh Willingham and Scott Olsen ... in a Nov. 2008 trade for Emilio Bonifacio.

Hopefully the team will never make that mistake again.

Then there is GameFish's and my colleague, Adam Morris of Lone Star Ball, a great blog about the Rangers by the way, had this to say:

Per Jon Paul Morosi, the Marlins and Ricky Nolasco have been unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension, and the Marlins may look to go ahead and deal Nolasco, who is eligible for free agency after the 2012 season.


Still, for Texas, Nolasco might be the best bet of the available pitchers out there. 

He would be a good fit for the Rangers.  But he would also be a good fit for most every team.

These are only a couple of examples, there are many more.  However, Joe Frisaro got in touch with Ricky Nolasco's agent, Matt Sosnick, and he had this to say:

"Any reports that say we're way off are not true. We're not way off. We're still exchanging ideas. There absolutely is no stalemate. There is no impasse or anything like that. His choice is to stay in Florida and pitch for the Marlins over the long haul."

 I have had some dealings with Matt Sosnick, we have exchange emails and spoke on the phone.  And one thing I can say about the man, he is a straight shooter.  While he tries to get the best deal for his client, as he should, he does understand what is fair and he goes for that.  If he says that there is no stalemate, I fully believe there is no stalemate.

Bottom line: Ricky won't be on the trading block anytime soon.