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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Twins have agreed to a deal with Ricky Nolasco.

No word yet on the financial terms. Nolasco, 30, posted a 3.70 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 165/46 K/BB ratio in 199 1/3 innings this past season between the Marlins and Dodgers. The right-hander should maintain considerable fantasy value with Minnesota -- and may even get a boost -- because of the spacious dimensions at Target Field.

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Twins and Blue Jays are "circling" Ricky Nolasco.

The Dodgers and Phillies are also known to have expressed interest in the veteran right-hander. Nolasco held a 4.68 ERA from 2009-2012 but put together a 3.70 mark for the Marlins and Dodgers during his walk year. He also possesses the durability that teams covet. Nolasco himself is believed to be seeking a five-year, $80 million pact.

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According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, the Padres are not interested in free agent Ricky Nolasco.

The Padres are one of the many teams that have been linked to the 30-year-old hurler in recent days, but Brock insists that a union between the two sides isn't happening. The Twins and Giants appear to be the frontrunners at the moment.

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Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants remain interested in Ricky Nolasco, but are unwilling to offer more than a three-year deal.

According to Nolasco's agent, his client already has multiple four-year offers on the table, while the Giants are rumored to have proposed a three-year pact. The Twins, Padres, Phillies and Dodgers are also in the hunt for the 30-year-old hurler.

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Giants have offered Ricky Nolasco a three-year contract.

Nolasco's agent has already stated publicly that he has multiple four-year offers on the table. Nolasco himself is believed to be seeking a five-year, $80 million pact. The Twins, Phillies, Padres and Dodgers are among the other teams known to have interest thus far.

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According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Giants are also in the mix for Ricky Nolasco.

Interest certainly appears to be heating up for Nolasco, as the Giants join the Twins, Phillies, Padres and Dodgers as teams interested in securing Nolasco. With so many teams in the bidding, it may not be that outlandish to think he'll get the five-year, $80 million deal he's looking for.

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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Padres are also in the hunt for free agent right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

The Padres could have a built in advantage in attempting to ink Nolasco, as the 30-year-old hurler grew up in Southern California. The Twins, Phillies and Dodgers are believed to be competing for his services as well, and Nolasco's agent claims his client has multiple four-year offers already on the table.