The red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers addressed a need on Saturday when they acquired RHP Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins for three minor league pitchers. The Dodgers seem to have righted their high-priced ship recently and have won 11 of their last 14 games to move dangerously close to the top of the weak NL west. But beyond the stellar trio of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu, the back end of the rotation has been a problem area all season. This after dealing away Aaron Harang in the spring because the club felt they had a surplus of starting pitching.
Baseball America had the three minor-league pitchers ranked as follows in their preseason look at the Dodgers’ system:
Wall – #20
Ames – #21
Sanchez – #25
Nolasco is just 5-8 for the Marlins, who started the season as an awful team but have caught fire with the returns of Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton as well as some breakout performances by others. But the Southern California native (Nolasco hails from Corona, CA) has pitched 112 innings with just 25 BB’s and 90 K’s (7.21 K/9) while allowing just 11 HR (.88 HR/9).
It’s the Dodgers doing what they pledged to do under the new ownership. The remaining $5.5 million dollars on Nolasco’s contract will now be LA’s responsibility while the righty is eligible for free agency after the season. As always in deals involving prospects, we’ll have to wait many years to see who won this trade. In the meantime, the Dodgers hope to get production in the rotation that will make this season successful enough to not have to worry about how the minor leaguers pan out.