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Marlins close to signing Ricky Nolasco

The Marlins and Ricky Nolasco are very close to signing an agreement to a long-term deal.

Joe Frisaro reports:


Ricky Nolasco, a mainstay in the Marlins' rotation for five seasons, is on the verge of signing a three-year deal worth close to $27 million.

According to an industry source, the Marlins and Nolasco are "putting the finishing touches" on the multiyear contract. The deal will be made official pending completion of a physical.

This is very good news.  Is Ricky Nolasco worth roughly worth $9 million a year? (I'm sure the contract is probably backend loaded.  But be that as it may.)  The answer is YES!  If Ricky can stay healthy he can easily pitch this into a great deal for the Marlins.

Nolasco possess the potential to be most the unhittable pitcher the Marlins have in the rotation.  If he can actually put a whole season together, meaning pitch as well in the first half as he does in the second half, this is a fantastic deal.  Even if he continues to struggle before the All-Star break and shines afterwards, he is still worth every penny.

Nolasco can be an ace.  While all we have seen are somewhat long flashes of brilliance, mostly in the second half of the season, I truly believe he will put everything together and be dominating over the long haul.

Assuming his knee and elbow are good to go, this is a very, very good deal.