Dodgers getting close to landing Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made serious progress in trade talks with the Miami Marlins about starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

The reported potential trade would send three of the Dodgers prospects (none upper-echelon) to the Marlins in exchange for Nolasco, according to Fox Sports. In the deal, L.A. would get Nolasco and then absorb Nolasco’s remaining $5.5 million on his contract, and presumably resign him to a longer deal before he becomes a free agent.

The update about the three prospects being part of the deal came from Ken Rosenthal via Twitter.

According to NBC Sports, reports were that it would be one Dodgers pitching prospect in exchange for the lifetime Marlin, but that has since changed.

Nolasco is 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA so far this season and would greatly help the Dodgers’ playoff push. L.A. is only 3.5 games out of first in the National League West.

The Giants had reportedly been involved in trade talks with the Marlins, MLB.com reported on Friday, but they wanted the Marlins to take on part of Nolasco’s remaining salary. Now, the Dodgers are close to bringing the  Southern California native back home.

The trade makes a lot of sense for the Marlins, who are clearly going nowhere. Nolasco will be a free agent at the end of the season so they get something back this way, and it gives them more prospects, which Miami definitely needs.

If this trade goes through, it is the first of what is sure to be a busy trading period leading up to the trade deadline later this month.

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