Here's Rumblings' nomination for the first starting pitcher traded this summer: Ricky Nolasco. The Marlins have Nate Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez nearing a return from the disabled list. So it's feasible that Nolasco could be dealt weeks before the trading deadline, with the Orioles and Yankees leading the parade of teams that already have interest. A throng of scouts watched Nolasco shut down the Phillies on Tuesday. Here's a review from one of them: "I think he'd be a great addition for somebody, as a No. 3 or 4 [starter]. He's very similar to what Anibal Sanchez was last year. He's not a 1 or a 2. But he's a veteran guy who can go out and spin seven innings, and do it, I think, for a contending team." • Here's another player whose contract situation we find verrrry interesting, even though he didn't make our top five cut: A.J. Burnett.
Nolasco drawing interest from O's and Yankees
ESPN | Jun 11