If the Marlins want to trade Ricky Nolasco to a team willing to pick up the remaining salary for 2013 (estimated $6 million), the Dodgers would be a good starting point because they've kind of built a reputation for spending a lot of money and taking on salary since new ownership took over in 2012.
And it appears they are in talks, with a source telling ESPN's Buster Olney there was a 70-30 chance of a trade happening between the two teams. A deal did not happen, however, before Friday's start against the Padres. Nolasco had one of his worst starts of the season (5 IP, 5 ER, 11 H), which cant help the Marlins' cause.
Still, the 30-year-old is having a solid year with a 3.93 ERA, 25 walks and 83 strikeouts over 105.1 innings pitched, which is why there are several teams interested in acquiring him. I just don't think the Dodgers will be the team that eventually lands the right-hander despite the assumption that they'd take on all of Nolasco's remaining salary.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, despite making some very questionable moves during his tenure, is not going to trade any of his top three prospects—third baseman Corey Seager, outfielder Joc Pederson or starting pitcher Zach Lee—for a three-month rental of a No. 4 starter.
And that's fine because the Marlins won't need a top prospect to pull the trigger on a deal. But the drop-off in prospect talent after those three is significant. The Red Sox, who also need pitching and can probably take on the salary and offer much better mid-level prospects, can outbid the Dodgers.
A team like the Padres, who also reportedly have interest in Nolasco, are unlikely to take on the entire salary but also have the necessary mid-level prospect depth to outbid the Dodgers. So do a few other interested teams around the league.