The Miami Marlins have reportedly come to an agreement with free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez on a 2-year deal worth $22M.The thirty-three year old coming off of a down year, where he went 10-11 with a 5.37 ERA with Kansas City, allowing a league-high 113 earned runs. He was the Royals’ opening day starter, after playing a vital role during their run to a World Series championship in 2015.
The Marlins have begun the painful process of rebuilding their pitching rotation after the tragic death of star Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident in September. Fernandez finished the season with a 16-8 record and a 2.86 ERA. The other Marlins’ starters, Tom Koehler, Adam Conley, and Wei-Yin Chen, went a combined 22-24 in 2016.
Volquez signed with the Royals before the 2015 season, coming off of the best year of his career while in Pittsburgh, boasting a 13-7 record and a 3.04 ERA. He came into the league with the Rangers in 2005, and has spent time with the Reds, Padres, Dodgers, Pirates, and Royals over the last 12 years. In 2010, he was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned fertility substance.
When he was signed by Texas in 2001 at the age of 17, the Dominican native was thought to be 16-year-old Julio Reyes in an attempt to get more money in the majors, which is not exactly uncommon with players from the island nation. It was discovered in 2003 that his name was actually Edison Volquez, spelt without an “n” after the “i”. The “n” was later added in 2007, per his request, as his birth certificate reads “Edinson”.
The Royals remaining starting rotation includes Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Yordano Ventura, and Jason Vargas, who is coming off of Tommy John surgery. Volquez’s absence leaves the fifth spot up in the air at this point, and with a thin free agent market this year, the teams will likely find their answer from within the organization.
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