Edinson Volquez and the Miami Marlins have agreed on a two year, $22 million deal, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Volquez, a free agent righthanded pitcher, was someone who the Rangers had been linked to prior to their signing of Andrew Cashner.
Volquez, 33, had a rough year for the Kansas City Royals in 2016, putting up a 5.37 ERA and a 4.57 FIP in 34 starts over 189.1 IP. He had a couple of solid years in 2014 and 2015, however, although 2013 was a disaster for him. In fact, Volquez has led his league in earned runs allowed twice in the last four years, in 2013 and in 2016.
The former Ranger pitcher, once traded for Josh Hamilton, has had a very hit-and-miss career, having a very good 2008 season, then being replacement level for five seasons before resurrecting his career in Pittsburgh in 2014. At $22 million over two years, the Marlins appear to be betting he can at least be a serviceable #4 starter who will give them innings.