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Marlins trying to talk Javier Vazquez out of retirement

Oct 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Javier Vazquez has repeatedly indicated that he plans to retire despite being a free agent coming off a very good season, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins may try to talk the 35-year-old right-hander into pitching at least one more season.

Capozzi writes that playing close to his home in Puerto Rico and playing for a contender are the two factors that could change Vazquez’s mind about calling it quits, and of course he also speculates that the Marlins would have to offer Vazquez a raise on his $7 million salary.

For now the Marlins have exclusive negotiating rights with Vazquez, but that ends Thursday. He had a terrible 2010 season for the Yankees, but surrounded that with an excellent 2009 for the Braves and a strong 2011 for the Marlins, tossing 193 innings with a 3.69 ERA and 162/50 K/BB ratio. Turning down another $10 million might be tough, but then again Vazquez has already earned $100 million during his 14-season career.

  1. phukyouk - Oct 31, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Well if CC doesnt resign than Cashmans first step as GM can be to resign Javy.. maybe get Nick J as well… for old times sake?

    • bbk1000 - Oct 31, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      Cashman has been busy trying to give an extension to A.J. Burnett…rumor has it Burnett’s agent wants three more years at 20 million per year but Cashman won’t go less than five years at 30 million….

  2. Old Gator - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    What geographically challenged idiot thinks Puerto Rico is “close” to Macondo? It is, to be more or less precise (nyuknyuknyuk), 1033 miles as the Shmeagle flies. Yeah, that’s barely a commute by matter transmitter, assuming you make sure not to travel with a fly in the chamber. That’s about the distance between New York and Macondo, right? Now would anyone – even a sports journalist – be vapid enough to write something like, “But Vazquez might find playing in New York, which is close to his home in Macondo, appealing?” Folks, listen – the mere presence of the ocean upon the leading edge of South Beach does not make an island four figures in miles to the south “close” just because its leading edge also happens to be wet. Water is not folded space. Get used to it. Even if you threw a pellet of ice nine off the pier down on 5th Street, it would still take you a week and a half to cover the distance on ice skates with a JATO backpack assist.

    Sheesh.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 31, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      Dammit Gator! I can’t read a comment of yours while drinking Coffee. Every time I do so my nostrils and sinuses get the caffeine boost directly through involuntary inhalation!

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