Marlins rumors: Ricky Nolasco next on trading block?

Jason Arnold

Miami may not be done clearing payroll for next season.

The Miami Marlins may not be done sending away their productive major leaguers. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco "will be next to go" in a trade, sources have told Joel Sherman of the New York Post:

The Marlins have already decreased their 2013 payroll $48 million in the last twenty-four hours. Moving Nolasco – who is owed $11.5 million next season -- to another club would make new acquisition Yunel Escobar the club’s highest paid player at just $5 million. Just yesterday the club had four players owed over $10 million.

Nolasco, 29, has spent his entire career in a Marlins uniform. Brought up for his first full season at just 23, the right-hander has never quite lived up to expectations, recording just one season (2008) with an above-average ERA+. Overall, Nolasco owns a 4.49 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.4 K/9 in his seven seasons with Miami.

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