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Pirates sign Edinson Volquez for $5 million

Dec 11, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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No doubt feeling pretty bullet proof after fixing Francisco Liriano the Pirates and pitching coach Ray Searage have taken on any even bigger reclamation projection in Edinson Volquez.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that Volquez has agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal, which is pretty nice money for someone coming off a 5.71 ERA.

As a 24-year-old Volquez had a 3.21 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 196 innings, but injuries followed and in five years since then he’s failed to post a sub-4.00 ERA. He was a mess this year, issuing 4.1 walks per nine innings, uncorking 16 wild pitches, and allowing a league-high 108 earned runs in 170 innings.

Volquez still throws hard, averaging 92.5 miles per hour with his fastball, but at age 30 his raw stuff is no longer overpowering and his control has always been awful. If he turns into a mid-rotation starter or better for the Pirates … well, Searage deserves a huge raise.

  1. cackalackyank - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    I guess you do have a point that the Pirates are feeling confident after Liriano having a decent year, but this seems high risk. It feels like there were safer, better options that wouldn’t have cost much more, but maybe a couple of years instead of one.

    • tycobb420 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      I don’t know. While that is a rational argument if it were your or my money, $5M qualifies as a relative flier in this market. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible, either. Worth a try.

  2. xdj511 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Ahh baseball. Stink and only get $5 million.

  3. icanspeel - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Pitchers are really overpaid now if someone with an ERA of almost 6 gets 5 mill.

  4. metalhead65 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    wow just wow. how can anyone suck as bad as this guy has and still get paid 5 million bucks? I mean the pirates did watch him while he flamed out for the reds didn’t they? and he followed that up by sucking for the padres and yet he gets 5 million a year? Home Bailey is worth 20 million a year then if this claown is worth 5.

  5. steelers88 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    The only thing that really doesn’t worry me about this signing is that the Pirates have a great pitching coach in Ray Serage. He turned AJ Burnett’s, Francisco Liriano’s and Charlie Morton’s careers around. The other thing is Volquez won’t have to be the staff ace in Pittsburgh. Pirates Starting rotation next year: Liriano, Cole, Burnett(if he comes back), Morton, and Volquez. The Pirates would have Locke ready and also Taillon is close to the majors.

  6. thepittsburghkid - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Locke would be 5th. Hurdle has already said he’s going to be given the opportunity.

  7. joewilliesshnoz - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    This makes no sense,unless they’re sending Burnett a message.the more cash they spend, the less for A.J.

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