Marlins rumors: Yunel Escobar available, Ricky Nolasco wants out

Marc Serota

A few more players may be on their way out of Miami this week.

UPDATE: Despite Ricky Nolasco's desire to leave Miami, the Marlins are telling teams that the right-hander is unavailable, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN:

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Original Story: The Miami Marlins are "actively shopping" new shortstop Yunel Escobar and right-hander Ricky Nolasco wants the club to shop him as well, report Joe Frisaro of MLB.com and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN:

Pitcher Ricky Nolasco, the highest-paid player left on the Miami Marlins' roster after a series of moves that have gutted the team's payroll, wants to be traded, his agent told ESPN Monday.

Several teams are believed to be interested in acquiring Escobar, including the Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Buster Olney of ESPN reports, however, that the Yankees are not in on negotiations with Escobar. Not much specific is known about the discussions, but it has been reported that the A's are not offering any big-league players in return for Escobar.

The 29-year-old Nolasco, the highest paid player ($11 million) remaining on Miami's roster, came to the decision that he wanted a trade after Jeffrey Loria and company sold the farm to Toronto last month. The right-hander has not had a stellar career by any means, but his career 4.49 ERA and 3.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio in seven seasons with the Marlins is sure to draw interest from several clubs.

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