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Dodgers acquire pitcher Ricky Nolasco from Marlins

July 06, 2013|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Ricky Nolasco went 5-8 with a 3.85 earned-run average this season with the Miami Marlins.
Ricky Nolasco went 5-8 with a 3.85 earned-run average this season with the… (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press )

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers reinforced their rotation Saturday, acquiring Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins in exchange for three minor league pitchers.

In addition to Nolasco, the Dodgers received an international signing bonus slot worth $197,000. The Dodgers can now spend about $2.5 million on international amateur players without being penalized.

Nolasco, 30, is a native of Corona who attended Rialto High. He made 18 starts for the Marlins this year and went 5-8 with a 3.85 earned-run average.

Over his eight-year career, Nolasco is 81-72 with a 4.44 ERA. Since 2008, he ranks fifth in the National League in wins (69) and sixth in innings pitched (1,064 1/3).

To acquire Nolasco, the Dodgers parted ways with Josh Wall, Steven Ames and Angel Sanchez. None of them are considered top-tier prospects.

The remainder of Nolasco’s $11.5-million salary will be paid by the Dodgers. Nolasco will be a free agent at the end of the season.

[Updated at 7:15 p.m.:

Nolasco released a  statement through his agent:

"I appreciate the opportunity provided by the Marlins these past eight years.  Some of the best times of my life have come in Miami, and I thank Mr. Loria, David Samson, Mike and Larry for treating me so well during my time here.  I also am so appreciative to Mike Redmond and his awesome staff.

Going to play for the Dodgers, the team that I have always rooted for, is a dream come true.  The team is packed with talent and an ownership group that is committed to winning, and I'd like nothing more than to play a part in bringing a World Series back to L.A.  I couldn't be more excited to play in front of my family and friends in Dodger Stadium during this season and hopefully for many more seasons to come."]

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