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Ricky Nolasco | Starting Pitcher | #44

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 4 (0) / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Royals signed RHP Ricky Nolasco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Nolasco, 35, will earn $1.5 million if he makes the Royals, and can earn another $250,000 in innings-based incentives. He also has an opt-out in his contract on March 24. The veteran right-hander registered a 4.92 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 181 innings for the Angels in 2018. If he pitches well in the Cactus League over the next few weeks, he'll have a chance to pitch in the back end of the Kansas City rotation. Mar 7 - 6:19 PM

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Royals are closing in on a deal with Ricky Nolasco.

Financial terms are not yet known, but Jeffrey Flanagan of reports the two sides are discussing a minor league contract. Nolasco was with the Angels last season and they made a quick decision to decline his $13 million option for 2018 after the 35-year-old right-hander registered a 4.92 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 181 innings. He should compete for a spot in the back of the Kansas City rotation.
Mar 7 - 4:30 PM

Angels declined RHP Ricky Nolasco's $13 million option for 2018.

He gets a $1 million buyout, instead. Nolasco went 6-15 with a 4.92 ERA for the Angels last season and 25-43 with a 4.99 ERA over the duration of the four-year, $49 million contract he signed with the Twins prior to the 2014 season. He'll probably sign a cheap one-year deal to serve as the fourth or fifth starter for a non-contender.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 09:31:00 PM

Ricky Nolasco allowed just one earned run while scattering seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday against Seattle.

Nolasco wraps up the 2017 season with a dismal 6-15 record, 4.92 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 181 innings across 33 starts. The biggest reason for his struggles in 2017 was his inability to keep the ball in the yard, as he served up a career-high 35 homers.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 03:16:00 AM

Ricky Nolasco logged a quality start in Thursday's loss to the Astros, allowing only two runs on four hits in his six frames.

Nolasco walked one and struck out one on the night. All of the damage against him came in the second inning where Alex Bregman lined an RBI double to left field and scored on a single by Yulieski Gurriel. Nolasco will bring a disappointing 5.11 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Indians.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 01:45:00 AM

Ricky Nolasco lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up four runs Friday in a loss to the Mariners.

Nolasco dropped to 6-13 with a 5.19 ERA. He hasn't had a quality start since Aug. 1. The Angels need to seriously consider pulling him from the rotation and maybe just going with bullpen days in his place.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 01:46:00 AM

Ricky Nolasco surrendered four runs on six hits over six innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

Nolasco struck out four and walked two on the afternoon. Jose Altuve burned him for a two-run homer in the first inning, with two more runs scoring on his line in the fourth inning on RBI singles by Brian McCann and Marwin Gonzalez. Nolasco will bring a 5.09 ERA and 1.45 WHIP into a road start against the Rangers next time he toes the rubber.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 06:55:00 PM

Ricky Nolasco left his start Wednesday against the Nationals with a trainer.

Nolasco was pulled with a 2-2 count on Jose Lobaton, though his pitch total was up to 112 so it might not have been injury-related. The right-hander allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings versus Washington. Anaheim had a 3-2 lead when he departed.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 03:05:00 PM

Ricky Nolasco allowed five earned runs, seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Friday in Seattle.

Nolasco was rather hittable, and he served up two more homers to give him 30 homers allowed over 134 innings this season. He'll look to get back into the win column in his next scheduled start next Friday in Baltimore.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 03:22:00 AM

Ricky Nolasco allowed five runs on nine hits over four innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the A's.

Nolasco struck out five and walked three on the afternoon. Three of the five runs on his line scored when Mark Canha burned him for a three-run homer in the fourth inning. The veteran right-hander will carry an unpalatable 5.09 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into a road showdown with the Mariners next time he takes to the mound.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 07:51:00 PM

Ricky Nolasco allowed one earned run, six hits and two walks over six innings in a win against the Phillies on Tuesday.

The best part of Nolasco's pitching line was the zero in the home runs allowed category. After yielding 23 homers over 84 1/3 innings across his first 15 starts, Nolasco is showing improvement. He has served up just four long balls over his past seven outings across 40 2/3 innings. His next start is set for Sunday against the Athletics.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 02:59:00 AM

Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

He gave up nine base hits, including a solo home run by rookie outfielder Bradly Zimmer leading off the first inning. Nolasco struck out four and issued two walks in the quality start. He falls to 4-12 with a 5.07 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He has a 96/33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 119 innings over 21 starts.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 12:17:00 AM

Ricky Nolasco fell to 4-11 after giving up six runs in four innings Friday against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox racked up six hits and five runs in the first before remembering that their offense isn't very good this year. They accumulated just three hits and one more run over the rest of the night.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 01:39:00 AM

Ricky Nolasco allowed just one run and two hits over seven innings Friday versus the Rays.

Nolasco might be mediocre, but his results never seem to be; he's allowed two, five, five, zero, zero, eight and one runs in his last seven starts. In 19 starts this season, he's allowed three or four runs just four times. Overall, though, he's 4-10 with a 4.82 ERA.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 01:27:00 AM

Ricky Nolasco wasn't long for Friday's game against the Rangers, allowing eight runs over 1 2/3 innings before exiting.

In both his innings of work, Nolasco's troubles began with two outs -- in the first, all three of the Rangers' runs came after he retired the first two batters, and the Texas club plated five runs with two outs in the second before Nolasco got the hook. The meltdown came on the heels of his best start of the season, a complete-game shutout of the Mariners in which he struck out seven while allowing three hits. It all adds up to a 4-10 record, 5.06 ERA and 1.40 WHIP at the break.
Fri, Jul 7, 2017 11:58:00 PM

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