The Florida Marlins may have a starting pitcher for Game 2 in their new ballpark.
Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco has agreed to a $26.5 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract won’t become final until Nolasco passes a physical.
The agreement further solidifies the Marlins’ rotation as they prepare to open a new stadium in 2012. Ace Josh Johnson has three years remaining on a $39 million contract he signed a year ago.
Nolasco made $3.8 million last season, when he went 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA.
Nolasco is 54-39 with a 4.45 ERA in five years with the Marlins, and his strikeout-walk ratio of 638-169 over that time ranks with the best in baseball.
HE’S JUST NOT IN IT
Andy Pettitte has made retirement contemplation a way of life.
The 38-year-old left-hander is taking his uncertainty deeper into this 2010-11 break.
“I’ve got no updates from Andy to give,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “He’s told me to move forward without him. It has nothing to do with money, leverage, recruiting or any of that. It’s whether his heart’s into playing or not. …
“He’s not in it. He’s told me not to rely on him, so I’m focusing on what he’s told us.”
Some friends of Pettitte, who had an 11-3 record and a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts in 2010, think he eventually will come back. His family has given its blessing to pitch for the Yankees again, a Pettitte friend told Newsday.
Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg says his rehabilitation is “on track” and he hopes to start throwing a few weeks before spring training. … Outfielder Rick Ankiel and the Nationals have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. … Pete Rose Jr., the son of the career hits leader who is banned from baseball, will run a rookie league team for the Chicago White Sox. Rose Jr. played 21 seasons of minor league baseball with several organizations, including the White Sox. … A person familiar with the deal says reliever Luis Vizcaino has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. Vizcaino would get $750,000 in 2011 if he’s added to the 40-man roster.