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Update: Marlins reach agreement with Javier Vazquez

Nov 28, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

Javier Vazquez

The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves this offseason.  This won’t be one of them.

A source told’s Bill Ladson that the Fish are nearing a contract with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez.  The Nationals, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs all showed interest, but Javy has a home in south Florida and that may have helped the Marlins win him over.

Vazquez is thought to be seeking an incentive-laden one-year contract in the hopes of revitalizing his career.  A recipient of Cy Young Award votes in 2009, he posted an ugly 5.32 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 31 appearances (26 starts) for the Yankees this past season.

Many believe that he’ll be able to bounce back with a move back to the National League.

Vazquez was offered arbitration by the Yankees and will net his old team a supplemental round draft pick once his new contract is signed.

UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of says the deal is done.  As expected, it’s s a one-year contract, and probably packed with performance-based incentives.

UPDATE II: Ken Rosenthal of reports that the contract is worth between $6 million and $7 million.  A bargain for the Marlins if Javy can turn things around.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 28, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see how much of that contract is a base figure and how much depends upon incentives. The Feesh have been exceptionally fortunate with deals like this – Pudge Rodriguez and, yes, even Carl Pavano come to mind. From a fans’ point of view, of course, the problem is that when these scrapheap or bum-year reclamation projects do pan out, Scrooge McLoria is never in the giving vein the following offseason and the newly moulted birds of paradise promptly go settle in someone else’s roost, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste in our dozen or so mouths. See Pudge Rodriguez and Carl Pavano again, although, of course, in the case of one who was made Borg, the implicit criticism is a little unfair, and some of the anticipatory bitterness still tastes of Uggla.

    Notwithstanding, this gives the Feesh a starting rotation of Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco (unless he’s traded later this weenter), Anibal Sanchez, Christ Volstad (unless he, too is traded) and Javier Vazquez. If Sanchez finally returns to his rookie season consistency and Nolasco stays, that’s a pretty decent front five (assuming that Vazquez pans out). Since all five are righthanders, and since the guys that were used last year as fifth or spot starters – Alex Sanabia and Brian Sanches – are northpaws as well, I think it’s safe to assume that at least one of the above four holdovers will be gone by April. The question will be whether the new acquisitions in the boolpen and, most of all, whether Leo Nunez can find some conseestency to go with his velocity or whether he still thinks the bottom of the ninth is a nice time to throw batting practice to the opposition.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM

      Go Feesh!

      • Old Gator - Nov 28, 2010 at 10:27 PM

        Heh, at this point I’m better at Solitaire, and if I can’t find my Joker, it’s back to Ouija Scrabble.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 29, 2010 at 10:40 AM

        Now that I am divorced, I also have to play solitaire a lot.

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