RickyNolasco (Source: USAToday)

 

The Miami Marlins have shipped starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco to the Los Angeles Dodgers for three prospects, Steve Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez, during the weekend. 

 

 

With Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett done for the season because of injuries, and veteran Ted Lilly currently on the disabled list, the Dodgers were desperately looking to add a quality starter to their rotation. 

 

Nolasco, a Southern California native who can become a free agent after the season, went 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 18 starts for the Marlins before the trade and has a career mark of 81-72 with a 4.44 ERA. 

 

Nolasco, who has posted a 90:22 K:BB ratio, will most likely make his first start as a Dodger on Tuesday. Nolasco, who is owned in only 30% of all Yahoo! leagues, makes for an interesting pick-up as he has good peripheral numbers and will notch a few more wins as a result of the trade.

 

As for the Marlins, they receive three quality arms who can hit the low-to-mid 90s with their fastballs, but who have command problems and don't have a very good pitching repertoire. The best of the three prospects is Angel Sanchez who has struggled mightily last season at High-A, posting a 6.58 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP and he allowed 157 hits in 130 innings. The 23-year-old was sent back to low-A this season, lowering his ERA to 4.88 with a 1.50. 

 

As you can see nothing to write home to your mother. 

 

Josh Wall is the pitcher with the most experience as he has pitched 12 2/3 innings with the Dodgers over two seasons, posting a 12.08 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP in the process. His time in Triple-A in 2013 hasn’t been much better as seen by his 5.60 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 16 walks in 27.1 innings at triple-A Alburquerque. A former starter, Wall, 26, has been used as a reliever the past two seasons and he stands a chance to see some action with the Marlins in September if he can turn things around.

 

The third prospect is Steve Ames, who has a respectable ERA of 3.67 in his first try at the Triple-A level but he has been very hittable, allowing 45 hits with 13 walks in 34.1 innings of work for an inflated WHIP of 1.69. The 25-year-old Ames has a very live fastball with a curvy slider, but he is still trying to figure it out.

 

The Dodgers get: A proven starting pitcher that will eat innings and help solidify an already potent starting rotation.

 

The Marlins get:  Three young pitchers who will add depth to their pool of prospects.

 

Fantasy players helped by this deal:

Ricky Nolasco, SP, (LAD)

 

Fantasy players hurt by this deal:

Chris Capuano, SP/RP (LAD)

 

The Dodgers did an excellent job of acquiring a veteran starter in a market where there are few similar arms available, while not giving up any quality prospect in return. Los Angeles' biggest loss was depth at the Triple-A level.

 

For the Marlins, they acquired three cost-controlled arms (as Jeffrey Loria loves them) with live fastballs, but none of them can can be considered a solid prospect.


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