Twins sign right-hander Ricky Nolasco to four-year deal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – The Minnesota Twins have signed right-hander Ricky Nolasco to a four-year contact worth $49 million, subject to a physical.

The contract has a club option for 2018 worth $13 million and can vest into a player option based on innings pitched in 2016-17.

The Twins have not confirmed the deal but they expect to announce it once Nolasco passes his physical.

Earlier, Nolasco changed his Twitter avatar to a Twins logo shortly after news broke that he had agreed to sign with Minnesota Wednesday.

The contract would be the largest free-agent signing in the club’s history, surpassing Josh Willingham’s three-year, $21 million deal signed before the 2012 season.

Nolasco, who turns 31 on Dec. 13, is a major addition to a rotation that finished with the worst ERA in the Majors last season. Nolasco posted a 3.70 ERA with 165 strikeouts and 46 walks in 199 1/3 innings with the Marlins and Dodgers last season.

He was a solid addition for the Dodgers down the stretch after being acquired in a trade with Miami on July 6, as he posted a 3.52 ERA in 16 appearances.

He also made one start in the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals, giving up three runs over four innings.

Known for his durability, Nolasco has averaged 31 starts per season over the last six years. He’s made at least 30 starts in five of the last six seasons, missing the mark in 2010, when he made 26 starts because of surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee.

Nolasco has a career 89-75 record with a 4.37 ERA in 229 career appearances, including 212 starts. He has struck out 7.4 batters per nine innings over his career, which was his exact mark in 2013, as well.

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