NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Twins starter Ricky Nolasco has emerged as a trade candidate and the team is believed to be shopping him, according to multiple industry sources. There appears to be at least some interest in Nolasco, with the Padres being one team that could be in the mix.
San Diego has shown interest in Nolasco in the past, pursuing him in free agency two years ago and being linked to him at last July's non-waiver trade deadline. The Padres are looking to move starters Tyson Ross and James Shields in trade talks, and could add pitching depth as well.
Nolasco has $25 million remaining over two years as a result of the 4-year contract he signed with Minnesota in 2013. Though he has struggled to a 5.64 ERA in two years as a Twin, Nolasco may still be appealing to clubs looking for a bounceback candidate, especially if Minnesota is willing to pick up some of his remaining salary.