Nolasco close to signing 3-year deal

The Marlins and Ricky Nolasco are putting the finishing touches on a three-year contract that will be worth about $27 million, according to an industry source.

The contract is not yet finalized, but both sides came close to terms on Sunday night. The deal is expected to be finalized after completion of a physical.

Nolasco made $3.8 million in 2010.

With Nolasco returning, it puts to rest speculation that the right-hander could be dangled in trade talks.

Second all-time in Marlins’ history in victories with 54, Nolasco will enter 2011 in position to catch the team’s all-time leader, Dontrelle Willis (68).

Nolasco was 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA in an injury-shortened 2010 season. In 157 2/3 innings, he struck out 147 and walked 33. In September, he was shut down due to a torn meniscus in his right knee, which required surgery. The procedure went well, and he will be at full strength at the start of Spring Training.

— Joe Frisaro


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