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Edinson Volquez, Miami Marlins Agree to Deal

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The Miami Marlins and Edinson Volquez agree to a 2-year, $22 million deal

Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez and the Miami Marlins have agreed on a 2-year, $22 million deal. Volquez is 33 years old and has eleven years of experience in the big leagues.

Volquez pitched for the Kansas City Royals in 2016, and went 10-11 with a 5.37 ERA in 189.1 innings.

The Marlins were left with a hole in their rotation when Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident earlier in the year. Volquez may not be a young stud like Fernandez was, but he does bring experience to the Marlins. In 2015, Volquez made five postseason starts for the Royals during their World Series title run. He worked 28.2 innings in those five starts, and recorded a 3.77 ERA with 23 strikeouts.

The 6 foot, 220 pound right-hander will join a rotation that includes Tom Koehler, Adam Conley, and Wei-Yin Chen. Those three starters combined to have a losing record in 2016. Miami’s pitching was not that bad in 2016, but the late Jose Fernandez lead the team in ERA, wins, and strikeouts. As a team, the Marlins ranked 10th in ERA, 20th in WHIP, and 9th in batting average against. Those statistics were accumulated when Fernandez was still with the Marlins. Now with him gone, the pitching staff is without a clear leader.

If Volquez can return to his 2015 form, he will assume the ace role in Miami. He had a 3.55 ERA in 2015, and chewed up 200.1 innings for the Royals.

Miami was in the hunt for a playoff spot for much of the season before falling back the last month or so of the season. They finished 7.5 games back of a wild card spot, and 15.5 games back of the division lead in the NL East. Volquez will provide the Marlins rotation with experience and veteran leadership that it lacked in 2015. Volquez is a work horse starting pitcher, and should provide a lift for this Marlins team in 2017 and beyond.