Ricky Nolasco Agrees To Deal

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets that arbitration-eligible starter Ricky Nolasco agreed to a one-year, $3.8MM deal with the Marlins for 2010.  That means Nolasco gets a $1.4MM raise (58%) for his second arbitration year.  By comparison, Joe Blanton received a 48% raise in his second arb year (going from $3.7MM to $5.475MM).  Nolasco's deal could be a comparable used by Zach Duke's agent Mark Pieper, as Duke is also entering his second arb year.

Scott Baker is named as Nolasco's top comparable on Baseball-Reference.  Baker signed a long-term deal, but he'll get $5MM in what would've been his second arb year.  Same for Gavin Floyd.  So in Nolasco's case he had a down year (at least in terms of a basic stat like ERA) and it cost him a million or so.


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