Nolasco contract update
The Marlins continue to have interest in signing Ricky Nolasco long-term, but at this point, the right-hander’s agent, Matt Sosnick, has been doing his pre-work on a one-year deal.
Sosnick on Thursday appeared on the Diamond Hoggers’ Baseball Show and he shed some light on the contract talks.
Sosnick said the sides have agreed on the number of years, but are “about 20 percent” off on the salary. Sosnick anticipates talks to pick up again in November or December.
On Friday, Sosnick responded to MLB.com that he hadn’t talked with the Marlins in “almost two months.”
The number of years the sides were talking about over the summer was three.
Nolasco earned $3.8 million in 2010, and he has two more seasons left of arbitration, if a multi-year contract isn’t reached. So the right-hander won’t have the necessary service time to be a free agent until after the 2012 season.
If the sides don’t agree on a minimum of three years, there is a strong chance the Marlins will sign Nolasco for separate contracts for 2011 and 2012, which will be the organization’s first season in their retractable-roof ballpark.
– Joe Frisaro