Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Marlins Still Selling


The Marlins fire sale may not be over, as Joe Capozzi tweeted that the Marlins are expected to trade Ricky Nolasco and are shopping Logan Morrison.

The rumor is that the Yankees are interested in Nolasco, which sounds good when you consider that he only has 1 year remaining on his contract, however the numbers don't excite me. Ricky had an ERA of 4.48 last season, which was his best single season ERA since 2008. And his strikeout rate has dropped in each of the last 3 years from a career best 9.5 K/9 down to 5.9 K/9 in 2012. 

If there's anything to like about Ricky Nolasco it's his durability. He's missed four starts in 2010 due to needing knee surgery at the end of the season, but has thrown 185+ innings in four of the last five years. So while the Yanks could lean on him to eat innings, that's the only thing he seems to be good for. And at $11.5 million, plus the cost to trade for him, I don't think he's worth it.

The guy Capozzi tweeted about that piques my interest is Logan Morrison. Logan hasn't wowed anybody the past couple of seasons posting lines of .247/.330/.468 in 2011 and .230/.308/.399 in 2010, including missing the last 62 games of the past season due to needing knee surgery. However, Morrison did show some power hitting 23 home runs in 2011, and is only 25 years old. Having BABIPs of .265 and .248 in 2011 and 2012 tell me that he may have been unlucky too.

Logan Morrison isn't eligible for free agency until 2017, so that could keep the price for him up a bit, but thanks to the injury and sub-par seasons he may be a good trade target for New York.


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