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Nolasco signing now official

It’s now official.

The Marlins on Friday announced the signing of Ricky Nolasco to a three-year contract.

Both sides reached agreement on the deal on Sunday night, and the deal became official after the 28-year-old right-hander completed his physical, which was on Thursday.

The three-year contract is worth $26.5 million, and it includes base salaries of $6 million in 2011, $9 million for 2012 and $11.5 million for 2013. Based on innings pitched, Nolasco also can earn bonuses of up to $500,000 for each season, or another $1.5 million total.

Projected as the Marlins’ No. 2 starter, Nolasco was 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA in 26 starts in ’10. He struck out 147 and walked just 33. With a 54-39 record, the right-hander is second in Marlins’ history in wins. Dontrelle Willis is the franchise leader with 68 victories.

The Marlins’ rotation is solidified with ace Josh Johnson, Nolasco, Javier Vazquez, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad.

— Joe Frisaro

Nolasco deal includes bonuses

The more innings Ricky Nolasco pitches, the more lucrative his pending three-year contract will be worth.

Nolasco has agreed to terms on a three-year, $26.5 million contract. The deal, which has yet to be announced by the Marlins, also includes some bonuses based on innings pitched.

According to a source, Nolasco can earn another $500,000 per season (or $1.5 million) based on innings pitched.

Nolasco’s deal breaks down to $6 million in 2011, $9 million in 2012 and $11.5 million in 2013.

In 2010, Nolasco threw 157 2/3 innings, and he made 26 starts. The team shut him down in September due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The most innings the right-hander has thrown in a season has been 212 1/3 in 2008, and he logged 185 in 2009.

— Joe Frisaro



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


Would pursuing Greinke make sense?

Speculation at the Winter Meetings had the Marlins expressing trade interest in Royals’ ace Zack Greinke. There was little substance to the rumors, and the story faded as fast as it surfaced.

But now that the Phillies have assembled their dream rotation by adding Cliff Lee, should the Marlins counter and make a run at Greinke? Such a move would create a formidable one-two punch with Josh Johnson and Greinke. It certainly would stack up with Philadelphia’s duo of Roy Halladay and Lee.

South Florida already has the “Big Three” with Wade, LeBron and Bosh in basketball. So the possibility of having Greinke in the Marlins’ rotation would clearly stir plenty of excitement in a big-event market. For Internet sites, newspapers, blogs and talk radio, this would give the fans and the media plenty to talk and write about.

But at what cost could making a “dream rotation” happen? This is the sticking point, and the major reason why it is highly doubtful that Zack Greinke will  become a Marlin in 2011.

To even get the Royals seriously to engage in trade talks for Greinke, the Marlins would have to be willing to part with Mike Stanton. Foremost, the now 21-year-old slugger would be the centerpiece. The asking price may also include Logan Morrison. Then, the Marlins would likely have to be prepared to include Ricky Nolasco as well a prospect or two. In all, it would take about four or five players, including major parts of the current club, to land the former Cy Young award winning right-hander.

Some have speculated that Nolasco and Leo Nunez could get the deal going. It wouldn’t even pique Kansas City’s interest.

Considering the Marlins already have a formidable rotation with Johnson, Nolasco, Javier Vazquez, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad, there isn’t the urgency to acquire Greinke. At least not at the price of trading perhaps the best young power hitter in the game, who is under club control through 2016.

As the Marlins front office has repeatedly stated, the price of quality starting pitching is extremely high. It is either costly in terms of contracts (Lee will make $120 million over five years), or players offered to obtain a true ace. Grooming your own starting pitching — like the Giants have done — remains the most effective way to build a rotation.

When you look at the possible return for someone like Greinke, it also shows why the Marlins have no intentions of trading Johnson to the Yankees or anywhere else.

With Lee going to the Phillies, it didn’t take long for reports out of New York to suggest the Yankees inquire about JJ. For the record, the Marlins’ ace is not on the market. But if he were, Florida wouldn’t narrow its trade partner to exclusively the Yankees. A player like Johnson would generate wide appeal, and even the best package the Yankees may be able to offer might not stand up to other clubs.

The bottom line for the Marlins on the Greinke front is — is it worth overpaying for a right-hander they’d have under contract for two years?

— Joe Frisaro

How Lee decision impacts Marlins

Landing Cliff Lee gives the Phillies the strongest rotation in the game.

The pending signing also reinforces what the Marlins have been preaching for a long time — Pitching and defense wins.

“A good team just got better,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said of Lee joining Philadelphia. “Our plan has been to build a team to win, and to do that, you have to beat the best teams. So, we’re planning to do just that.”

Well before Lee picked Philadelphia, Florida’s front office has been working towards crafting a formidable starting rotation. The recent free agent signing of Javier Vazquez was another step in piecing together a top-flight starting five.

The Marlins certainly like their rotation of Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Vazquez, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad. The team feels they can match up favorably on most nights. It’s just a matter of these young starters gaining consistency, along with staying healthy.

With Lee off the market, the Marlins certainly aren’t looking to trade away their top starters. There will be speculation about Nolasco, who has a three-year contract offer on the table that hasn’t been agreed upon.

But Nolasco has two more years left in arbitration, and the Marlins certainly value him as either their No. 2 or No. 3 starter, depending on the competition in Spring Training shapes up.

Florida is prepared to go year-to-year with Nolasco, who remains a highly valued right-hander for the cost. The team has no urgency to move him.

Obviously, the Marlins would listen to offers, but to trade Nolasco, Florida would covet pitching in return. Because the team is trying to compete in 2011, they would seek a big league-ready starter in any trade.

Johnson, who has three-years remaining on his contract, is a franchise player who isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The Marlins are looking for Johnson to be their Opening Day starter in the first game in their new ballpark, which opens in 2012.

In order to contend in the NL East, the Marlins will be banking on their rotation. They won’t be looking to break it up.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins on the mend

With a modest payroll, success for the Marlins’ largely rests on the team staying healthy.

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest touched on that Wednesday during the announcement that Edwin Rodriguez would return as manager.

“We need to keep our starting pitching healthy,” Beinfest said. “We need to keep JJ, Ricky, Anibal and Vollie pitching deep into September. We really can’t afford to lose our starting pitching like we did this year.”

Josh Johnson missed the final few weeks with a back and shoulder ailment. Nolasco was out down the stretch with a meniscus tear in his right knee. Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad pitched down the stretched, and both actually finished up strong.

The Marlins will be counting on Johnson, Nolasco, Sanchez and Volstad to be four workhorses in 2011.

“One of the things we’re looking for the team to do too is to just grow up a little bit,” Beinfest said. “We’ve transitioned a little bit some of the guys who had been here since ’06. … Health and the arms will be important.”

Currently, several players are on the mend this offseason. Johnson and Nolasco are recovering nicely, and neither should have any restrictions when Spring Training gets underway.

Chris Coghlan is recovering from a meniscus tear in his left knee. Coghlan recently was checked out by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan. As of now, he doesn’t have a timeline to start baseball activities.

Hanley Ramirez, who was bothered with left elbow inflammation, will soon be examined again by Kaplan to determine when he will begin baseball activities. Ramirez is spending much of the offseason in Miami working out. 

John Baker underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and he hasn’t begun baseball activities.

Sean West, who was in the Arizona Fall League, has been sent home with a left elbow strain. The 6-foot-8 lefty is scheduled to see Kaplan. The team doesn’t think the injury is serious, but more will be known after the visit.

Alex Sanabia, who missed his final start due to a right forearm strain, is making progress. The team didn’t think the ailment was serious.

Also on Wednesday, Beinfest noted that the team has had on-going discussions with Terry Bross, Dan Uggla’s agent, regarding a long-term contract for the power-hitting second baseman. There has been little movement, however, on a multiyear deal with Nolasco, who has two more seasons left in arbitration.

Beinfest said he was given his payroll range for the ’11 season. He didn’t give any estimates, but he noted payroll will be higher than the $46 million in 2010.

Look for Florida’s payroll to be in the $50 million range.

— Joe Frisaro


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 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

Nolasco, Johnson injury updates

Ricky Nolasco underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Expected recovery time for the Marlins right-hander is four to six weeks.

Also on Wednesday, Josh Johnson was sent back to South Florida to have his back and shoulder examined by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.

Johnson has some inflammation in his shoulder, but no structural damage. He has also has a mid-back strain.

The most encouraging news about JJ is his ailment is not serious at all.

The right-hander will rejoin the club on Friday in Washington. Nothing has been determined if he will be able to pitch any time soon.

Nolasco, who finished the season with a 14-9 record and 4.51 ERA, had attempted to pitch through the knee problem. He last pitched on Aug. 28 at Atlanta, logging two innings.

“We have to make sure that JJ is ok, not only for the time being, but we have to make sure that his career is not in jeopardy,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

If Johnson is cleared to pitch, the earliest he would be in the rotation is on Wednesday, Sept. 15 against the Phillies at Sun Life Stadium.

— Joe Frisaro

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

Nolasco concerned about knee

Ricky Nolasco, feeling discomfort in his right knee, is now doubtful to make his scheduled start on Friday against the Braves.

“He’s concerned about his knee,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “Right now, that’s the only thing I can say.”

Nolasco has a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. He went 11 days without pitching before he faced the Braves last Saturday (Aug. 28) at Atlanta.

In a rough outing, Nolasco gave up six runs in two innings, throwing 62 pitches, with 41 in the second inning.

Nolasco’s season may be over. The right-hander is 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA.

Andrew Miller, who took batting practice with the pitchers on Wednesday, is the likely replacement to face the Braves on Friday. But that has not been announced.

— Joe Frisaro