Ricky Nolasco, has come to the Angels in a trade that no one saw coming. A trade that sent Hector Santiago and two minor league prospects to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Nolasco, Fernando Abad, and a minor league prospect Alex Meyer. This season Nolasco has gone 4-8 with a 5.13 ERA.
Ricky was born December 13, 1982 in Corona, CA. Corona is just down the 91 from Anaheim so he should feel right at home in his new uniform. Which may mean that he will be at the very least comfortable in his new home ballpark.
That may be a bright side to this trade, since his career numbers changed drastically when he went from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Minnesota Twins. When he pitched for the Dodgers in 2013 he went 8-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 16 games.
Fun Fact: In his 11 year MLB career there was only 6 seasons in which he finished with a record less than .500. Sometimes for MLB pitchers, A change of scenery can be just what the doctor ordered, and as his career statistics states, he does pitch better on the coast posting over .500 records and ERAs below .450, which is much better than his ERA in Minnesota which sat at a 5.44, although the Angels fan base can only wait and see at this point.