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Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco asks for trade

Ricky Nolasco's agent informed the Marlins that his client would be "better served" playing elsewhere in 2013.

Jason Arnold

At least one member of the Miami Marlins isn't happy about the team's latest firesale. Miami's decision to deal Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio has left a sour taste in Ricky Nolasco's mouth -- and now Nolasco wants out of Miami.

Nolasco's agent told ESPN.com that his client would be "better served" playing elsewhere in 2013, and that if Nolasco had his way, he'd be playing for another team next year.

The right-handed Nolasco has spent his entire seven-year big league career with the Marlins. Nolasco went 12-13 for the Marlins in 2012, with a 4.48 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.

Unfortunately for Miami, Nolasco has seen his strikeout rate decrease each of the last four seasons, going from 9.49 K/9 in 2009 all the way down to 5.89 in 2012.

Still, Nolasco has been a valuable pitcher, and despite his struggles in 2012, he still managed to post an fWAR of 2.7.

Nolasco is set to make $11.5 million dollars in 2013, and the Marlins may feel encouraged to deal Nolasco simply because of his salary. With the scarcity of quality starting pitching around the league, the Marlins could end up fielding quite a few offers if they do make Nolasco available.

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