After weeks of hearing that the Marlins were desperate to move Ricky Nolasco and wanted to find a trade partner ASAP, the Dodgers stepped up and grabbed him for a trio of pitching prospects and got some additional international bonus slot money in the swap. Here's the latest out of Los Angeles following yesterday's trade..
- General Manager Ned Colletti & Co. felt that Matt Garza wasn't worth the prospect cost at this time, so they went with Nolasco instead, tweets Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. The Dodgers continue to be aggressive in several trade discussions. Bowden adds (link) that the Dodgers' priority is finding a back-end power arm and then another starter.
- The Dodgers filled a major need with their acquisition of Nolasco, writes Scott Miller of CBSSports.com. Back in spring training, everyone wondered how the Dodgers could fit eight starting pitchers into five rotation slots. In July, rotation depth was a major need for Los Angeles.
- While the Dodgers' acquisition of Carlos Marmol made headlines, their real motive in the deal was securing extra space to spend in the international market, writes Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The Dodgers don't plan to have a this high of a payroll forever and the additional bonus money will help them develop their own talent in the long-term.
- The Rockies talked with the Marlins about Ricky Nolasco and even though they liked him, paying roughly $5.6MM for a rental was never in the cards for them, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post.