If the San Francisco Giants really want to, they can fill two spots of their starting rotation with bona fide pitchers.
A day after the Astros’ Bud Norris said it would be a “dream come true” to be traded to San Francisco, Miami Marlins’ pitcher Ricky Nolasco has expressed interest in playing for the Giants as well.
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Nolasco’s first choice would be to come to the Giants should the Marlins trade him, and all signs point to him being a good fit in San Francisco.
Nolasco is undefeated (4-0) with a 0.87 ERA at AT&T Park, and Schulman points out that he is a good friend of Giants closer Sergio Romo.
He is 4-7 with a 3.61 ERA this season. The record shouldn’t be taken too seriously, considering that the Marlins are the worst team in baseball.
An eight-year veteran, poor Nolasco has spent his entire career with the Marlins and has a career record of 80-71 with a 4.43 ERA.
While both Norris and Nolasco may be eager to join a contending team, their current ballclubs won’t be willing to give them up without hefty compensation in return.
Both pitchers are in the prime of their careers, so GM Brian Sabean will have to work hard to pry them away from their respective teams.