While multiple reports have stated the Los Angeles Angels do not intend on trading Mark Trumbo, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark tweets Tuesday that the Miami Marlins have interest in the slugger and are trying to pry him away from LA in trade talks that potentially include right-hander Rocky Nolasco.
The Angels may prefer to move centerfielder Peter Bourjos, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald cites a source saying the Marlins have no interest in Bourjos and want a better bat in return.
Nolasco may or may not be a great fit for the Angels simply because he may not be better than what he would be replacing. After Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Tommy Hanson, the Angels can go with Joe Blanton and either Garrett Richards or Jerome Williams, very capable No. 5 starters, and Richards has a chance to be a lot more than that.
Nolasco, however, is an above-average starting pitcher, despite ERAs in the 4.5 range in each of the past three seasons. Fielding Independent Pitching suggests that the Marlins defense has hurt Nolasco dearly, to the tune of more than a half of a run per season since the start of the 2010 campaign.
Still, Nolasco will make $11.5 million in 2013 and then hit the free agent market. Trading four control years of Trumbo for that may be too steep. Stay tuned.
- Jason A. Churchill