MLB Winter Meetings: Marlins not trading Ricky Nolasco despite rumors

Jason Arnold

The veteran wants out, but Miami wants to keep him.

The Miami Marlins are not trading pitcher Ricky Nolasco, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.

Nolasco's agent, Matt Sosnick, said Monday his client wants to be traded. The gutting of the team recently is a big reason why the seven-year veteran wants out:

"Ricky and I have spoken a lot since the end of the season," Sosnick said. "Just watching the way the offseason has transpired for the Marlins and the moves they've made, he and I agree that he would probably be better served playing somewhere else. If he had his druthers, he would pitch for somebody other than the Marlins in 2013 and beyond."

After trading Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle, Nolasco is set to be the team's highest-paid player in 2013. He is expected to make $11.5 million, up from $9 million in 2012.

Nolasco has spent his entire career with the Marlins. In 31 starts last season, Nolasco compiled a 4.48 ERA in 191 innings pitched. He struck out 125 and walked 47.

In his career, Nolasco has a 4.49 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He's allowed 1,190 hits in 1,113 career innings.

Nolasco isn't the first Marlins player to speak out post-gutting. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was also upset with the moves and said he "does not like this at all."

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