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Angels pitcher Ricky Nolasco hopes his workload, and contract situation, work out for the vest

Angels pitcher Ricky Nolasco hopes his workload, and contract situation, work out for the vest

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’...

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