Marlins-Nolasco contract talks update

With an eye towards the future, the Marlins are hoping to sign Ricky Nolasco to a multiyear contract. Based on how talks have gone recently, there is a better chance that the two sides will agree to a one-year deal for 2011, and see how things progress from there.

The last serious talks between both sides was last Thursday, Sept. 2. As reported recently by Juan Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, there is a “significant gulf” between the parties.

Indications are, for at least for now, the sides are planning on discussing a one-year deal after the season for 2011. Because Nolasco has “Super Two” arbitration status, he reached arbitration in 2009. But he won’t have the necessary six-years of MLB service time to become a free agent until after the 2012 season. So Nolasco, who is making $3.8 million now, is under club control for two more years. 

There is a chance the team will go year to year, meaning they will have Nolasco for when they move into their retractable-roof ballpark in the Little Havana section of Miami in 2012.

Nolasco is undergoing surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Although he won’t pitch again in 2010, there is no indication the Marlins are concerned about the right-hander having a speedy recovery.

As history has shown, having talks stall in early September doesn’t mean a multiyear contract won’t be reached sometime before the start of Spring Training in 2011. Last offseason is an example.

In November of 2009, negotiations between the Marlins and Josh Johnson broke down. In January, Johnson signed a four-year, $39 million contract.

Nolasco finished 2010 with a 14-9 record and a 4.51 ERA. His 54 wins are second most in Marlins history behind Dontrelle Willis’ 68.

The Marlins also are in the process of trying to sign Dan Uggla to a multiyear contract. But both sides haven’t talked seriously in about three weeks.

– Joe Frisaro

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