We learned Wednesday that Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco may be the next Miami player to go in a trade, and now it seems he is drawing interest from the New York Yankees, reports Erik Boland of Newsday:
With the Marlins selling off parts, source says Yankees, not surprisingly, have an interest in Nolasco, who has 1 yr $11.5 mil left on deal— Erik Boland (@eboland11) November 14, 2012
Nolasco could provide the Yankees a slightly cheaper and younger alternative to fellow right-hander Hiroki Kurdoa, who rejected New York’s qualifying offer and seems to be looking for a two-deal.
With Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle out of the picture, the 29-year-old Nolasco is now the highest paid player on the Marlins’ payroll by a large margin, suggesting that the club will listen to offers for the right-hander. Nolasco himself seems to believe his days are numbered.
He declined comment when asked by Juan C. Rodriguez of MLB.com about the still pending "mega-trade" between Miami and Toronto, responding with the simple, "I’m next anyways". Rodriguez also states that the Colorado Rockies may be interested in acquiring Nolasco.