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Padres release Edinson Volquez

Aug 27, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Predictably zero teams wanted anything to do with the remainder of Edinson Volquez‘s contract after the Padres designated him for assignment, so the right-hander passed through waivers unclaimed and has been released.

That means Volquez is free to sign with any team for whatever he can get, although with free agency right around the corner anyway his options may be limited.

Volquez was once a very promising young pitcher, making the All-Star team as a 24-year-old for the Reds in 2008 after being acquired from the Rangers for Josh Hamilton, but injuries derailed his career and since 2009 he’s thrown 546 innings with a 4.98 ERA while walking 5.0 batters per nine innings. That includes a hideous 6.01 ERA in 24 starts for the Padres this season and Volquez turned 30 years old last month, so whatever upside he once had is buried beneath a mountain of disappointing starts.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I’m surprised that washed-up starters don’t get tried out as relievers more often. You’ll see it with younger arms all the time.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Most washed up starters have lost the zip on their fastball, or the plate. Volquez still can reach 95-96, but a reliever who walks five per nine gives managers ulcers. He might work as a 7th inning set up man, using the fastball alone, but his salary is $5 million plus. He’s got to take a big pay cut to be a bullpen fit for anybody.

  2. firedustybaker - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    The Latos trade looks better and better. If only the Reds could trade managers now. With anyone.

    • icanspeel - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Volquez was never a major part of the Latos trade.. Pretty much the Reds said if you want the other guys you have to take Volquez too.

      • neoshweaty - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Forced or not, he was still part of a trade to the Padres. Not like they signed him as a FA.

    • jm91rs - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      If we’re going to act like the Reds fleeced the Pads (even though Boxberger, Alonso, and Grandal were the real parts to that deal), then let’s all be reminded how the Reds traded Josh Hamilton for Volquez. I’d take that one back in a heartbeat. Votto and Hamilton could have been on the same team until 2012, which would have been a big difference. Volquez had one successful year as a Red, the Pads knew they were getting a guy with electric yet unpredictable stuff.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    How is he 30 already? Geez…

    • dondada10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Look how old Hamilton got in a hurry.

  4. sigep316 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    How come no one ever mentions his numbers declined after a suspension that took place during one of those many DL stints?!?

    • gloccamorra - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      He didn’t have “many DL stints”, just one big one for TJ surgery. The suspension was during the first year off from that surgery when he was months away from throwing his first post-op pitch, and he was allowed to serve the suspension during the DL period, losing no time.

      If you’re hinting he took “peds”, he was being treated for low sperm count while with the Reds, and they didn’t want to go through the ridiculous multiple permission process that doesn’t accommodate chronic conditions, and had him on a drug that was less effective, but wasn’t on the proscribed list.

      The standard treatment is usually testosterone, and when he couldn’t find the substitute in D.R., a doctor prescribed what he should have been taking all along, but didn’t ask MLB’s drug people for permission. This is where the drug protocol comes perilously close to interfering with a doctor-patient relationship and dictating medical treatment.

      Volquez still has amazing stuff, he’s just erratic with it. I personally suspect the treatment for his condition is inadequate and he can possibly return to his 2008 form, if somebody is willing to butt heads with MLB over his treatment, and maybe tell the people who call him a “cheater” to bug off.

      • Uncle Charlie - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        Infertility, the name of so many professional male athletes.

      • Uncle Charlie - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        Effing spell check would change bane to make, boo!

      • Uncle Charlie - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        And name to wake, WTH?

  5. wpjohnson - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Ed needs a fresh start. He will get a chance. I hope he succeeds.

  6. drush127 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:04 PM


  7. aztecbill - Oct 1, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    31 starts and a 3.04 ERA for the Pirates in 2014. A fresh start, yes.

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