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Are the Giants frontrunners for the services of Marlins hurler Ricky Nolasco? Multiple national reports say the Giants are indeed interested.
Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly wonders if the team might get a deal done sooner than later. But at what cost? Could outfielder Gary Brown and pitcher Heath Hembree be part of a trade?
I wonder if the Giants could close this deal sooner rather than later. Heath Hembree and Gary Brown, maybe? Or more? Is it worth paying a higher price to get an extra five starts out of Nolasco? And is there any way they could escalate these talks to get Giancarlo Stanton out of South Florida? I'd tend to doubt it. But the Giants have made massive swaps before, and I'm pretty sure the Marlins will have no hesitations about waving a white flag, as Jerry Reinsdorf so famously did all those years ago.
Nolasco is being paid $11.5 million this season, so by moving him a month earlier than the July 31 trade deadline the Marlins would save an extra $2 million or so. And from an on-field standpoint, the sooner the Marlins trade Nolasco the less time he has to ugly up his 3.68 ERA after posting a combined 4.68 ERA from 2009-2012.