The San Francisco Giants may have beaten the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, but they lost to them off the field.
Both the Giants and Dodgers made trade offers to the Miami Marlins for pitcher Ricky Nolasco, and the Marlins took the Dodgers’ proposal.
The Dodgers sent Steve Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez, three pitching prospects, to the Marlins for the veteran Nolasco.
An MLB.com report on Friday indicated that the Giants were offering two pitching prospects, and they wanted the Marlins to eat a portion of Nolasco’s salary.
Well, I guess three prospects are better than two.
Nolasco undoubtedly would have been a good fit with the Giants. Coming into this season, he was undefeated (4-0) with a 0.87 ERA at AT&T Park. He is 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA this season.
An eight-year veteran, Nolasco has spent his entire career with the Marlins and has a career record of 81-72 with a 4.44 ERA.
“So pumped to wear Dodger Blue!”, he tweeted earlier on Saturday. “Can’t wait!”
He also called being traded to the Dodgers a “dream come true,” which is a bit upsetting for the Giants because the San Francisco Chronicle reported last month that his first choice if he were to be traded would be to San Francisco.
The Giants, who are scuffling big-time right now, are in desperate need of some arms. While acquiring Nolasco would sure have helped, he or anyone else can’t single-handedly fix things for the third-place team in the NL West.
If GM Brian Sabean is to pull the trigger on a potential trade, he will first need some sort of sign that the Giants can turn their season around.