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Royals claim Chris Volstad off waivers from Cubs

Oct 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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Chris Volstad was a flop in Chicago after the Cubs acquired him from the Marlins in the Carlos Zambrano salary dump, going 3-12 with a 6.21 ERA in 21 starts.

Today the Royals claimed Volstad off waivers, which is an odd move considering he made $2.66 million this season and would be in line for a similar salary for 2013 via arbitration.

Under the rules of arbitration the Royals could only cut Volstad’s salary by 20 percent, but they could non-tender him and then attempt to re-sign him for less. Of course, they could also have just waited for the Cubs to non-tender him and do the same thing.

Volstad is a 6-foot-8 former first-round pick and showed some promise early in his career, but now he’s 26 years old with a 5.14 ERA in 611 innings since 2009.

  1. randall351 - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Better ERA than Hochevar; so I guess you can call it an upgrade. *sigh

  2. sportsdrenched - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    How Royals of them.

    Memo to Dayton Moore: 1st round picks that have career ERA’s above 5 are not the new market inefficiency….if you even care or know about market inefficiencies.

  3. jhorton83 - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Boy, that’s going to be some battle to be the staff “ace” between Hochevar and Volstad. Whoever’s ERA is under 6 in spring training gets to be the opening day starter. The Royals need to be relegated to AAA until David Glass actually starts to give a shit about the laughable team they field year after year. Actually, that probably wouldn’t change anything.

    • astrofaninkc - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      The opening day starter won’t be between Hochevar and Volstad. That’s why we have Bruce Chen, duh!

  4. 1908wasnextyear - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Still liked that Zambrano trade, though. Volstad seems like a nice guy, and with him at least there was hope he’d develop into a solid pitcher. Hope he still does, both his sake and KC fans’.

    • Old Gator - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Whereas the Feesh need to think about how Krazy Karlos might comport himself sans the soothing presence of Slobbering Ozzie. I doubt if they’ll hang onto him – prolly try to unload him thees weenter.

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