Marlins trade rumors: Miami open to dealing RHP Ricky Nolasco

Mike Ehrmann

The Fish have changed their tune on Nolasco, whose request for a trade was rebuffed during the offseason.

The Miami Marlins are not looking to move closer Steve Cishek or lefty reliever Mike Dunn, but they are open to dealing right-handed starter Ricky Nolasco, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

Miami is reportedly looking for a mid-level prospect in return for Nolasco, who is in the final year of a three-year deal with the Marlins. The 30-year-old right-hander requested a trade over the winter in the wake of the club's fire sale, but was rebuked.

While it seems strange that Miami would elect to hold onto its highest-paid player ($11.5 million) amidst serious cost-cutting, it's likely that the club was just waiting until his market value had increased. Nolasco has pitched well over the season's first two months -- posting a 3.61 ERA and 3.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 13 starts -- so the Marlins' presumed wait-and-see approach with the right-hander is likely to pay off.

Now an eight-year MLB veteran, Nolasco owns a career 4.43 ERA in nearly 1,200 innings pitched, all of which have come with the Marlins.

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