About three hours before the Marlins' road series finale against the Cardinals on Sunday, pitcher Ricky Nolasco was standing in front of his locker at Busch Stadium, packing and chatting with self-described lifelong friends for the last time as their teammate.

"I'm going to miss these guys here more than I can say," Nolasco said.

Late Saturday night, the 30-year-old's eight-year Marlins career came to a close. He was dealt to his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for three minor-league arms. By the third inning Sunday, he was on a plane to Phoenix to meet his new team.

As the Marlins now turn their focus to the future, they couldn't be prouder of the legacy Nolasco left.

"Ricky's done a great job in helping these [young pitchers] by the example by going out there and teaching them how to be successful in the big leagues," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "They'll miss that, but at the same time, they saw how he worked and how he prepared himself every day."