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Why Ricky Nolasco Is Perfect for the San Francisco Giants at Trade Deadline

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 10:  Pitcher Ricky Nolasco #47 throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Marlins Park on June 10, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Chris StephensCorrespondent IIJune 20, 2013

The starting rotation of the San Francisco Giants has struggled in 2013. As the trade deadline approaches, Miami's Ricky Nolasco, who according to mlblogs.com has been the subject of trade rumors, would be a perfect fit in San Francisco.

As a starting rotation, the Giants are 24-24 with a 4.61 ERA, 372 strikeouts and a .254 opponent batting average. They've also given up the third-most earned runs with 215.

With that in mind, what makes Nolasco a perfect fit in San Francisco?

 

SoCal Boy

Nolasco is from Southern California, so there's no doubt he'd like to be closer to home.

He has a career record of 80-71 with a 4.43 ERA and 987 strikeouts.

At AT&T Park, he's 4-0 with an 0.87 ERA. I'd say that's a successful run in one park. His stats would likely change if he were to pitch there as a member of the Giants, but there's no doubt he's comfortable in San Francisco.

 

Why San Francisco Needs Him

Madison Bumgarner is the only pitcher with an ERA below 4.55. Matt Cain's ERA sits at 4.55, and Tim Lincecum (4.57), Barry Zito (4.67) and Ryan Vogelsong (7.14) have all struggled this season. Chad Gaudin has pitched decently, going 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA, but he's not a long-term option for the Giants.

Nolasco may not have a great record (4-7), but he plays for Miami...so what do you expect? His ERA is 3.61 and has a WHIP of 1.151.

He would fit nicely into the rotation and give them some much-needed relief.

 

Addressing Rumors

As reported by MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, recent comments by Nolasco make you think the right-hander would love to pitch in San Francisco:

I think it would help anybody to be able to pitch in a place like this, when the crowd is behind you, it’s huge...I think anybody would like that. I don’t think anybody would be disappointed to come to San Francisco.

I like everything about this place. The mound is nice. It’s a good place to pitch. The crowd is great. Great team. What’s there not to like?

 

When the Miami Marlins made the big offseason trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, Nolasco was one who spoke out against the move. Immediately after, he wanted out of Miami, according to his agent Matt Sosnick, who spoke to ESPN:

Ricky and I have spoken a lot since the end of the season, Sosnick said. Just watching the way the offseason has transpired for the Marlins and the moves they've made, he and I agree that he would probably be better served playing somewhere else. If he had his druthers, he would pitch for somebody other than the Marlins in 2013 and beyond.

 

There's no chance Nolasco is going to return to Miami, so why wouldn't the Marlins to make a move to get something in return?

Nolasco is unhappy in Miami. Getting traded would make him happy in two areas—he'd be leaving Miami and moving closer to home.

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