The Minnesota Twins are searching the league for a possible trade partner to dump struggling pitcher Ricky Nolasco, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports on Twitter. Being that Nolasco is coming off of an ankle surgery that caused him to miss most of the 2015 season, the fact that he turns 33 in just a few days while still being owed $25 million over the next two seasons, it is going to be a difficult task for the Twins to pull off a deal.
Not many teams in the league are looking for a washed up, injury-prone, overpriced pitcher. However, the Twins will indeed take almost anything, just to get rid of his salary.
Nolasco signed a four-year, $49M- million deal back in 2014 to play in one of the twin cities, which was the largest free agent signing in Twins history. Since then, it has all gone down hill for the righty out of California.
In his first season with Minnesota, Nolasco posted a 6-12 record and a 5.38 ERA in 27 games, which is not worth the $12M annually he is receiving from the Twins. In 2015, Nolasco was looking to bounce back for his club but he was quickly put on the shelf with a season-long ankle injury. He finished 2015 going 5-2 with a 6.75 ERA over just 8 starts. In 196 1/3 innings with Minnesota he holds an ugly ERA of 5.64.
One potential suitor, per reports, is the San Diego Padres. The Padres have another contract they are trying to get rid of in James Shields, who is owed $63M over the next three years. If the Padres are able to dump Shields, they can emerge as a legit front-runner for Nolasco.
The Twins will still have a tough task going forward in trying to find the right deal. If Minnesota is unable to work out a package involving Nolasco, the Twins may be forced to eat the remaining contract of Nolasco, and stick it out for the next two years. Fingers are crossed in the Twin Cities.