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Marlins shopping Yunel Escobar, Ricky Nolasco wants out

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07:50 AM ET 12.04 | Signs are pointing to Yunel Escobar becoming the next player traded by the Marlins. If it was up to him, Ricky Nolasco -- unhappy with the team's direction -- wouldn't mind joining him on the way out of Miami. A source said Monday at baseball's Winter Meetings that Escobar could be "on the move" as the Marlins look to trade the infielder, who was obtained in the team's 12-player trade with Toronto last month. According to the source, the Marlins were in late-stage trade talks with at least two teams interested in the shortstop, whom the Marlins had penciled in as their third baseman. But at the same time trade talks for Escobar were starting to gather steam, the agent for Nolasco said the veteran pitcher doesn't want to hang around, either. Matt Sosnick, who represents Nolasco, confirmed an ESPN report that the pitcher wants out.

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December 4, 2012  08:52 AM ET

So Ricky Nolasco isn't happy with the direction the Marlins are headed in. That's a trip. Maybe if he didn't suck, another team might try to acquire him.

December 4, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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the dude's last good year was 2008.

correction:

...the dude's only good year...

December 4, 2012  09:00 AM ET

I can't see the Marlins being a free agent destination anymore, as long as Loria remains the owner.

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December 4, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Escobar will probably in up in TB or maybe Oakland, but for Ricky you need to think the man upstairs you are in the big leagues and making the kind of money you are making for a half **** big league pitcher.

December 4, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Doubt that they're going to get very much for Nolasco...the dude's last good year was 2008.

I guess that original trade for Juan Pierre 7 years ago wasn't so one sided after all

December 4, 2012  09:22 AM ET

You can't blame him for wanting out, but he's one of the reasons why the team sucked last year.

December 4, 2012  09:29 AM ET

I understand the frustration with Loria given his history.

However, in a vacuum, I honestly don't see him blowing up this team as a bad thing. The Marlins sucked with Reyes, Johnson and Bueherle, who each come with with their own risks and their own expensive contracts. If I were the Marlins, I would have tried to move these guys as well and start the rebuild.

December 4, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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You can't blame him for wanting out, but he's one of the reasons why the team sucked last year.

He better watch his mouth or he might get traded to a major league team that will promptly option him to AAA.

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December 4, 2012  09:42 AM ET

The more I think about it, the more I can't believe the hubris from this joker.

Hi, I'm Ricky Nolasco, and over the last three years I've carried an ERA 4.56, which is more than a half-run worse than league average. My laughable 1.36 WHIP last year ranked me tied for 70th out of 88 qualified pitchers. I am unhappy with where this Marlins team is headed under Jeff Loria and I want to be traded to a team that's a contender - a team that plays games that actually mean something - a team that would use me as a long-relief guy, or spot-starter because, let's face it, I pretty much suck.

This guy should be glad he's got a job.

December 4, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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I think the Jays did the Marlins a favor just like the Dodgers did the Bosox a favor.

Ha!

Yeah, the Blue Jays are Canada's Dodgers. I must admit though, I'm terribly amused by the Jays fans who think their team is now a contender.

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December 4, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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"Marlins Telling Teams Nolasco Won't Be Moved for anything less than four packages of David's Sunflower Seeds, a case of Big League Chew and two fungo bats. Period."

Adjusted for accuracy.

December 4, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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Ha!Yeah, the Blue Jays are Canada's Dodgers. I must admit though, I'm terribly amused by the Jays fans who think their team is now a contender.

They're counting on the exchange rate to bring them more runs.

 
December 4, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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They should punish him by trading him to the Bosox.

Now that you mention it, his WHIP was better than Lester's...

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