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Javier Vazquez and the Marlins “seems like a perfect fit”

Nov 19, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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Juan C. Rodriguez of the Florida Sun Sentinel reports that “Javier Vazquez has told associates he would love a return engagement in the National League, particularly with the Florida Marlins due in part to the proximity to his native Puerto Rico.”

Rodriguez notes that Vazquez also “has a relationship” with Puerto Rico-born manager Edwin Rodriguez and “several members of the Marlins front office” were working for the Expos when Vazquez began his career in Montreal.

And it’s seemingly a good fit from an on-field perspective too, as Vazquez has fared much better in the NL and is a fly-ball pitcher who would benefit from Florida’s power-suppressing ballpark. Beyond that Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest has previously said that he’s looking to add a veteran starter to the rotation.

So what’s the holdup? Well, according to Rodriguez “he’s already received some hefty offers, the kind the Marlins would have trouble meeting.” Vazquez is coming off a three-year, $34.5 million contract, but had a career-worst 5.32 ERA in 157 innings for the Yankees and at age 35 seems unlikely to get more than a two-year deal.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Be gone, Javier. Florida and the Marlins is a perfect setting, you can practice your pitching skills there where no one ever shows up for the games anyway.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 19, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    2 years, 10 million, if you’re lucky. Florida should be able to swing that. If anything else, they could use a guy who’s been able to eat innings and strike guys out.

  3. pisano - Nov 20, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    I think it goes beyond not being able to pitch in the AL , it appeared his fastball was gone , at first they thought it was a dead arm , but he never got any of his usual movement back and barely broke 90 on the radar gun . He is probably going to end up a long reliever or used in mop up situations . I’m sure someone will sign him as a starter , but he’ll probably fail in that role .

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