Free-agent starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco has multiple four-year contract offers on the table from unknown clubs, his agent told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. As if that's not enough, Nolasco reportedly also has a number of three-year offers to choose from.
Nolasco's agent declined to give details on the dollar amounts attached to the multi-year offers -- or who made them -- but did tell Passan that he expects the starting pitcher market to flesh itself out around the time of the Winter Meetings:
"I believe the market for multiple-year starting pitching will start to reveal itself more clearly in the next two to three weeks," agent Matt Sosnick said, and that market is a bullish reflection of how revenue growth in the game is trickling down to players.
Nolasco, 30, is reportedly seeking a deal in the neighborhood of $80 million. One league source told Passan that the right-hander's going rate will start around Edwin Jackson levels (four years, $52 million), but could end up at Derek Lowe prices (four years, $60 million). While that number seems rather steep for a guy with a career 4.37 ERA, the standing multi-year offers indicate that clubs might feel differently.
The right-hander had one of his best seasons on the mound in 2013, posting a 3.70 ERA in 199⅓ innings split between the Marlins and Dodgers. A starter of the innings-eater mold, Nolasco has averaged 192 innings pitched per season over the last six years, only once failing to reach 185 frames during that span.