It’s really bad… for the Dodgers chances of re-signing him.
Since Joining the Dodgers, Rickey Nolasco is 7-1 with a 2.25 ERA (1.65 at Dodger Stadium). He has proven to be an excellent addition to the Dodgers rotation. In fact, it could be argued that he is the Dodgers #3 ahead of Ryu.
That is terrible news!
Why, because other teams are going to try and sign him to a big dollar deal… and whether you want to believe it or not, the Dodgers will not have a $300 million dollar payroll next year. I can see someone giving Nolasco a $60-$70 million dollar deal. Should it be the Dodgers?
With Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu and Nolasco, the Dodgers have one of the best (IF NOT THE BEST) Top 4 starting rotations in baseball. Next year, they can pick from Fife, Stripling, Lee, Billingsley and Beckett for the #5 spot, but here’s the big question: Will the Dodgers be able to afford Nolasco after extending Clayton and Hanley?
While we are at it, what if Volquez pitches well today? Ned has made some outstanding moves lately.
I for one am sorry that I maligned you, Ned! Peace out!