All signs show that Nolasco will pitch tonight

Nolasco Rumors:

Wednesday: All signs show that Ricky Nolasco will start in tonight’s game against the Braves, though a deal could possibly get done prior to first pitch, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Miami is set activate right-hander Henderson Alvarez on Thursday (or today if a deal gets done) and the rest of the rotation will be moved one day back. There’s also a potential rain issue for the game tonight, which could give Miami extra time to get a deal done before game time.

Tuesday: The Ricky Nolasco derby is down to three teams which are the Rangers, Dodgers and Rockies, according to two executives that told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Miami has narrowed their focus in an attempt to get a deal done quickly.

Monday: As the Miami Marlins finished a very positive 5-1 homestand, they have yet to trade right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

The Marlins, who are eager to trade him before his next start on Wednesday, are hoping to receive a decent prospect in return. According to a person familiar with the talks tells Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that the Dodgers, OriolesGiantsRangers and Rockies are among the teams in the contest for the 30 year-old pitcher.

The Dodgers are believed as favorites since they might be willing to absorb the $5.75MM left on Nolasco’s $11.5MM 2013 salary, meanwhile, the Rockies offered two decent prospect but are opposed to pay his salary. Though there’s still no deal on the table yet, as they might wait for a better offer.

Ricky Nolasco has 4-8 record with a 3.93 ERA with a 7.1 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 105 1/3 innings with the Fish. He owns a 4.45 career ERA in 212 games, and is the Marlins’ all-time leader in wins, games started, innings and strikeouts.