If Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco obtains 14 more outs this season than last, he’ll guarantee himself a $13-million salary in 2018. So says a provision within the four-year, $49-million contract he signed with Minnesota three years ago.
If Nolasco does not throw at least 202 1/3 innings, thus amassing 400 innings between 2016 and 2017, the Angels can buy him out of that salary for $1 million and make him a free agent. And, under the terms of the August trade between the two teams, the Twins would cover that cost.
A lot is at stake this season, and it could be close.
“It’s a big deal to me,” Nolasco said Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, ahead of the Angels’...