Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 17 Hrs

Ricky Nolasco was knocked around for five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Friday night.

Nolasco gave up 11 hits in the loss, including a two-run home run to Mike Moustakas. Signed to a four-year, $49 million contract over the winter, the veteran right-hander has allowed five runs in three out of his first four starts this season. That's not what the Twins had in mind.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 7 Days

Ricky Nolasco fired eight innings of one-run ball in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Royals.

It was the longest start by a Twins' pitcher this season. Nolasco limited to the Royals to five hits and a walk. The lone run scored on an RBI double by Lorenzo Cain in the fifth inning. He struck out five batters in the victory. Nolasco was hit hard in his first two starts, so he still has an ugly 5.50 ERA. He'll look to improve it again next week in another start against the Royals, this time in Kansas City.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 13 Days

Ricky Nolasco struggled again Sunday but escaped with a no-decision, allowing five runs over four frames in a 10-7 win over the Indians.

Nolasco gave up seven hits -- including a home run -- while walking four and striking out just one. The right-hander has been a free agent bust in the early going for the Twins, giving up 10 runs on 17 hits and six walks over his first 10 innings. He'll attempt to get on the right track next weekend against the Royals.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 19 Days

Making his Twins' debut, Ricky Nolasco yielded five runs over six innings in a loss to the White Sox on Opening Day on Monday.

Nolasco was touched up for 10 hits, including a pair of home runs from Alejandro De Aza. He struck out four and walked a pair in the loss. Things should get better from here, but Nolasco isn't anything more than a matchup play in mixed fantasy leagues.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 24 Days

Ricky Nolasco tossed four scoreless innings in his start versus the Pirates on Wednesday.

Nolasco finished the spring on a high note after giving up seven runs to the Mets last time out. Overall, he went 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 19 innings. He'll make his Opening Day start against the White Sox on Monday. We're not expecting him to be much more than a fifth starter in AL-only leagues this year.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 29 Days

Ricky Nolasco was lit up by the Mets on Friday, surrendering seven runs in three innings, to tall to 0-2.

Nolasco gave up six hits, walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. He has a 7.07 ERA in 14 innings this spring. The Twins are hoping he'll lead their rotation and maybe he will, but on a strong staff, he's a No. 3 or 4.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 1 Month

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced Friday that Ricky Nolasco will draw the Opening Day start for the Twins.

The free agent acquisition will be making his third career Opening Day start. His peripheral numbers have always hinted at more upside than he's shown, but the move to the American League should be a large detriment to his overall fantasy value.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 2 Months

Ricky Nolasco pitched a couple of scoreless innings against the Rays in his Twins debut Sunday.

Nolasco allowed two hits, walked none and struck out one. It hasn't been announced yet, but he'll likely be the Twins' Opening Day starter after signing a four-year, $49 million contract over the winter.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 5 Months1 Comment

Twins signed RHP Ricky Nolasco to a four-year, $49 million contract.

Nolasco agreed to terms last week and passed a physical on Monday to make the deal official. The pact also includes a 2018 club option worth $13 million, an option that can vest and turn into a player option based on innings pitched in 2016 and 2017. Nolasco put together a nice season in his walk year, posting a 3.70 ERA in 199 1/3 innings for the Marlins and Dodgers. As it stands right now, he'll likely be the Twins' Opening Day starter.

Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 5 Months

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is reporting Ricky Nolasco's deal with the Twins is for four years and $49 million.

The deal also has a 2018 club option worth $13 million, an option that can vest and turn into a player option based on innings pitched in 2016 and 2017. The 30-year-old had a 3.70 ERA in 199 1/3 innings this year between the Marlins and Dodgers. He's always been a pitcher whose skillset has been better than his numbers, something the Twins are banking on with this kind of contract -- it's the largest contract given to a free agent in the team's history.