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Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met with Javier Vazquez today

Nov 20, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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During an appearance on “Marlins Insider,” a weekly radio show on 790 The Ticket in Miami, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said that he met with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez today.

Courtesy of Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post:

“He’s from my hometown in Ponce. I’ve know him well since he was 14, 15 years old. He’s very confident about the whole situation. He told me where’s hes at right now. Hopefully we can get him and put him in that rotation. If we have a chance to sign him he’s gonna be a great acquisition.”

Vazquez has reportedly told associates that he would love to return to the National League and sees a good fit with Florida, which is in close proximity to his home in Puerto Rico. The only problem? Capozzi writes that Vazquez is seeking a three-year contract worth $33 million. Seriously. Good luck with that one.

On a related note, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported earlier this week that the Marlins only have $4-5 million left in their offseason budget after signing John Buck. Vazquez’s past with Rodriguez shouldn’t be overlooked, but if money is truly his first priority, he’ll be pitching elsewhere next season.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 20, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    After signing John Buck. I’ve been watching this Feesh management team for eight years now and for six of ‘em it’s been easy to figure out their motives. Er, motive. Squeeze that penny till Old Abe smiles hard enough to resemble Daniel Day Lewis.

    But this offseason, I’ll be damned if I can figure it out. Yes, there’s a skein of impecuniousness visible – when won’t their be with Scrooge McLoria at the helm and the Chihuahua up on deck barking at the pelicans – but what in Buddha’s name does Larry Beinfest think he’s doing over there? Did Scrooge think he was punishing Uggla for seeking his market value by trading him to the Braves? Was there some point in overpaying Buck like that and giving him three bloody, how-will-we-ever-get-rid-of-him-when-he-reverts-to-type years? Did Beinfest think he had consulted with the same helpful spirit via his Ouija Scrabble board who told him to go sign Pudge Rodriguez? I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that he also has a limited no trade clause that allows him to turn down every other team except the Borg.

    And of course speaking of the Borg, Javier Vasquez. Oh, the joy of it. This team will be closing out its schizophrenic tenure at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium with a splat!

  2. henryd3rd - Nov 21, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    Javier should never had returned to the Yankees. Yankee fans never forgave him for his failure in the playoffs against Boston. Six runs in the first inning? Ugh!!! He was in a loose loose situation on his second tour and once he tried to pitch hurt he only exacerbated the problem he had with Yankee fans. Plus Joe Girardi never trusted him and it seems neither did his teammates. Signing with the Marlins would be perfect. The citizens here are still up in arms about how management lied to get that new stadium. Plus no one in South Florida cares about baseball so he will labor in obscurity, get his money and wonder what might have been.

    • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2010 at 10:41 AM

      I doubt if he’ll worry much if he gets his money. However, teams that are willing to spend money and have their generosity blow up in their faces – like the Gnats – are in the running now. Consider how the Feesh let Uggla get away for so little, and then blew such a Brobdingnagian wad on John Buck that they’re down to a measly four or five million in their so-called “budget.” It’s hard to imagine even Larry Beinfest in his current state of hypoxia induced anamnesis (money gives off oxygen as it decomposes, as opposed to most things, which give off methane [which also cometh from peeg sheet]) – wanting to have a fresh new disaster waiting to happen at both ends of the battery.

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