The Miami Marlins have signed right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez to a two-year deal, sources confirm to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald was the first to report a deal was close.
Volquez had spent the past two seasons as a member of the Kansas City Royals, winning the 2015 World Series.
Last season, Volquez went 10-11 with a 5.37 ERA in 34 starts for the Royals. His 113 earned runs allowed led the American League, the second time he has held that dubious honor (it also happened during 2013, which he split between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers).
He started two games in the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets, with the team winning both games he started — the opener (Game 1) and the clincher (Game 5). In 12 innings of World Series work, he allowed just four earned runs. The Royals enacted their $3 million buyout following the season, rather than paying him $10 million to return in 2017.
A one-time All-Star, Volquez’s first season was unquestionably his best. In 2008 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, he went 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA in his rookie season, finishing fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. His 206 strikeouts that season remain a career-high.
After posting a 5.71 ERA in 2011, the Reds packaged him to the San Diego Padres in the deal that landed them Mat Latos. His first season with the Padres, he led all of baseball in walks, leading to a short departure from San Diego. With cameos in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, Volquez will now enter his 13th MLB season as a member of the Marlins.
Miami is tasked with the difficult reality of having to re-build their rotation following the death of ace Jose Fernandez. The numbers Fernandez posted will be nearly irreplaceable, but with a youthful rotation, the addition of Volquez gives them another starter heading into 2017.