Nolasco, who just finished the first season of a four-year, $49 million contract, mentioned overnight on Twitter that he'd rather be playing for a previous team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dispassionate blogger Aaron Gleeman captured the brief social-media conversation in case Nolasco got the bright idea to delete his comment — which he has:
This will go over well. Dodgers fan tweets "wish you were still with LA" to Ricky Nolasco and he replies "so do I!!!" pic.twitter.com/Dq61tOOiSs
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) September 29, 2014
Nolasco is from southern California, and pitched mostly well for the Dodgers in 2013 after being traded from the Miami Marlins. He struggled down the stretch — possibly because of his elbow, and he made an unremarkable start in the NLCS against the Cardinals, a game the Dodgers lost. But he obviously misses the old home town.
You can't SAY that, though — not in that way — which Nolasco no doubt realizes too late. Especially when you're handcuffed to a different team, by your own choosing, for a lot of money, for three more years, after going through free agency.
It looks worse because of the way Nolasco performed. Though he finished the season healthy and pitching effectively after sustaining an elbow injury early, Nolasco in 27 starts for the Twins posted a 5.38 ERA, which would have been the worst in the majors had he pitched enough innings to qualify. He fell three innings short. If the Twins had a social media acount on which they said dumb things, you probably could catch them tweeting, "Yeah, we wished you still played for the Dodgers, too."
Perhaps the San Francisco Giants or Cleveland Indians look better to Nolasco now. Neither was close to outbidding the Twins, though. Despite having some good young talent with more coming from the minors someday (probably), the Twins are a troubled organization right now. After finishing with a 70-92 record, Ron Gardenhire and his entire coaching staff were fired Monday. It certainly seems like they're starting fresh. It's likely going to be a long road back to the top.
And Nolasco is coming along, whether he likes it or not.
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