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Jul 29, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports /
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The LA Angels trades this season certainly haven’t helped with the growing list of problems, in particular their starting rotation.

One of their recent acquisitions, Rialto native Ricky Nolasco, struggled in his first start in an Angel uniform against the Oakland Athletics, giving up five runs, three of which were solo home runs.

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Despite his struggles, the Angels are thankful not to be paying for Nolasco’s current $12 million salary the rest of this season and into next season as well.

The question that Angels fans are asking now, is if Nolasco is worth trading Santiago for despite a shaky first start in Anaheim?

Nolasco has been known to hit hot and cold spots in his career as a member of the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers. During his first stint in SoCal, Nolasco posted an 8-1 record with a 2.07 ERA. Nolasco has proved he his capable of producing good numbers.

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For his next start, which will be on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs, Nolasco will be put to the ultimate test against one of the top notch offenses in the league this season.

Whether if he decides to stay next season, Nolasco will be a question mark during the offseason, since the Angels mainly were targeting to get prospect Alex Meyer in the trade for Santiago.

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The Angels will benefit from this trade, no matter what Nolasco’s fate is next season, since the Twins will pay the difference between Nolasco and Santiago’s salaries and will give the Angels  $4 million towards Nolasco’s next year salary.

Time will tell with Nolasco will settle in with the Angels or treat this as a short vacation before heading off to yet another team. His next start could guarantee if he earns a spot in the starting rotation the rest of this season.

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