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Chris Volstad wasn’t invited to Marlins’ uniform unveiling

Nov 15, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

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Chris Volstad has started 102 games and thrown 584 innings for the Marlins since debuting in mid-2008, but the 25-year-old right-hander wasn’t invited to the team’s new uniform unveiling last week and thinks it might hint at an upcoming trade.

“I can’t say I haven’t had those thoughts,” Volstad told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. “I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I don’t really know that I could get mad at them. I mean, it would have been cool to be a part of it but I don’t know really what their plans are. Maybe my plans are with them or not, but maybe they’re not 100 percent sure yet.”

Capozzi reports that rotation-mates Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, and Anibal Sanchez were at the ceremony and Volstad said he would have been interested in attending if asked.

It could mean nothing, of course, and plenty of other Marlins weren’t there either, but with Volstad set for a salary bump in his first crack at arbitration it wouldn’t be surprising if he was being shopped.

  1. spudchukar - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    The question is, who would be foolish enough to want to make a move for him, and what kind of value could they get in return? But just not starting every 5th day is a plus for Miami.

  2. pkers - Nov 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    It would be interesting if he were being shopped because he’s entering his arbitration years…mixed signals from the Marlins (we want to spend spend spend on free agents but can’t afford to keep low-cost back-end rotation pieces), or revealing their true intentions wrt Reyes and Pujols (we actually have no money we want to spend, we just like to pretend to fake everyone out)?

  3. addictedzone - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    The highlight of Volstad’s time in Miami will always be his bit part in the Gaby Sanchez takedown of Nyjer Morgan.

  4. Old Gator - Nov 15, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    I think it’s probably true that the Feesh have run out of patience with him. In Nolasco, they already have a maddeningly inconsistent starter with coalcar loads of “potential.” Volstad might bring a midlevel EYP or the proverbial utility infielder looking for a rebound year.

  5. henryd3rd - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:45 AM

    2011: 5-13, 4.89 ERA. Please go sit in the corner and keep your mouth shut. You are an unrestricted free agent dude. Its obvious that the Marlins are not interested in your services and that $450,000.00 you earned last year should help to ease your transition into you next career. Open a landscaping business on the Palm Beaches; but please keep quiet.

    • cshearing - Nov 16, 2011 at 7:53 AM

      A 4.89 ERA means shut up and get out of the league? You are going to have to tell a lot of pitchers to shut up. Hope you are prepared.

  6. jwbiii - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:50 AM

    I don’t think Chris Volstad would bring even a not-so-EYP anymore. He was already a non-tender candidate, so he would likely be free in a month. Not inviting him to the party is pretty much the same as Jeffrey Loria giving him a cubic zirconium-encrusted “NON-TENDER” pendant.

    • Old Gator - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:25 AM

      Or at least a freshness label that reads “Expiration Date 12/31/11.”

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