Reports: Twins agree to terms with free-agent pitcher Ricky Nolasco
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The Twins knew they needed to fix their broken rotation this offseason, and it appears like they've kickstarted the job with free agent Ricky Nolasco.
Multiple outlets are reporting that the Twins and Nolasco have agreed to terms on a deal, but the Twins have not yet confirmed the signing.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted details of the deal Wednesday night:
Ricky Nolasco's deal with Twins is four years, $49M guaranteed with a 2018 option. Gets $12M a year in 2014-17 with $1M buyout on option.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 28, 2013
Nolasco's option is a club option for 2018 worth $13M. It can vest and turn into a player option based on innings pitched in 2016-17.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 28, 2013
Nolasco went 13-11 in 199 1/3 innings split between the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers last season. The right-hander struck out 7.45 batters per nine innings, compared to 2.08 walks per nine innings in 2013.
He finished the year with a 3.70 ERA and a 3.34 FIP (fielding independent pitching, which has been shown to be a better indicator than ERA for future performance.)
His fastball in 2013 averaged 90.3 mph, and he threw that pitch 43.9 percent of the time. He threw his slider 27.1 percent of the time (82.2 mph). Nolasco also throws a curveball (16.9 percent, 74.5 mph) and a splitter (12.1 percent, 80.1 mph).