Pirates Sign Edinson Volquez

FRIDAY: The Pirates have officially announced the signing.

WEDNESDAY: The Pirates have agreed to terms with right-hander Edinson Volquez on a one-year, $5MM contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Volquez is represented by the Wasserman Media Group.

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Buying low on Volquez continues a trend for the Pirates, who have picked up A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano and Mark Melancon via trade or free agency in recent years when each was coming off a poor season. The 30-year-old Volquez was released by the Padres last season after posting a 6.01 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 in 142 1/3 innings. He looked better in a brief, 28 1/3 inning cameo with the Dodgers, pitching to a 4.18 ERA with a 26-to-8 K/BB ratio.

Volquez's 4.07 xFIP was significantly lower than his 5.71 ERA on the season — a commonality that exists between he, Burnett, Liriano and Melancon at the time of their acquisition by the Pirates.

Volquez will join Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Wandy Rodriguez and the recently extended Charlie Morton in the Pirates' rotation. That seems to fill Burnett's spot in the rotation, suggesting that perhaps he's leaning toward retirement and the Pirates have moved on in favor of a cheaper option with similarly high upside. Back in 2008, Volquez finished fourth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting when he posted a 3.21 ERA with 9.5 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 196 innings. Control has always been an issue for Volquez, but his fastball velocity has typically remained strong. After averaging 93.6 mph on his fastball from 2008-12, he averaged 92.5 mph in 2013.

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83 Comments on "Pirates Sign Edinson Volquez"


rovert22044
1 year 8 months ago

Good signing. Should be a solid addition of their pitching staff this next season.

talcha32
1 year 8 months ago

Have you actually seen him pitch?

ColoredPaper
1 year 8 months ago

Yeah. He’s got control issues and injury issues, but look how they helped out pitchers like Liriano.

Justin Timberpond
1 year 8 months ago

The classic Astro mentality

padresinthebay
1 year 8 months ago

i wish I could get paid 5million to be the worst at my job

randytherobot
1 year 8 months ago

5 million for someone who barely even knows how to pitch? Wut

Just a sports fan
1 year 8 months ago

Another good pickup, should pan out maybe mid-season trade if a team needs a sp

vtadave
1 year 8 months ago

In other news, Wasserman Media Group is reporting that their phone system has exploded due to the hundreds of calls from other players looking to sign with their agency.

Pello
1 year 8 months ago

Good, they don’t have to deal with David Ortiz anymore

1 year 8 months ago

$5M? That’s over 60% what Josh Johnson got.

oldoak33
1 year 8 months ago

Volquez had a better 2013 than Johnson.

Hannibal8us
1 year 8 months ago

No he didn’t, and Josh pitched in the AL East so his numbers are inflated beyond belief.

monkeyking42
1 year 8 months ago

The AL East is probably still the best division in baseball, but “inflated beyond belief” is a huge stretch.

dlacsa
1 year 8 months ago

Volquez pitched at Petco for the majority of 2013…

GoldenBoy
1 year 8 months ago

This is shocking news. My thoughts and prayers go out to all Pirates fans.

Paulie Corleone
1 year 8 months ago

led the league in walks in 2012, led the league in earned runs allowed in 2013

apparently that gets you $5m

Josh Blackfeild
1 year 8 months ago

I should try pitching in the Bigs.

Curt Green
1 year 8 months ago

$10 mill if you throw in a peds suspension…

Alderson Smith
1 year 8 months ago

Oh, yeah. That’s a requirement.

Joe Orsatti
1 year 8 months ago

$5,000,000!!! What happened to being thrifty Pitt. Volquez is a Non-Roster invite or possibly a $2,500,000 player AT BEST

marinest21
1 year 8 months ago

Seriously. I do not understand how $5 million is buying low on Volquez. The guy’s command appears to have gone out the window. Maybe the Buccos know something we don’t. The Liriano reclamation project was impressive.

bandits33
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe they have some of Greg Maddux’s DNA to try and splice with him.

harperhill
1 year 8 months ago

I think I’d rather have Locke as the 5th starter…

TL
1 year 8 months ago

I wouldn’t go that far as I don’t think Locke belongs in the rotation (I’d give Cumpton a shot over gim). But I’d have preferred to spend some pitching money on a more reliable back of the rotation guy such as Gavin Floyd.

vtadave
1 year 8 months ago

Floyd had Tommy John surgery in May, so not sure how reliable he’d be this year.

TL
1 year 8 months ago

Whoops, my bad

Hannibal8us
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t admit a mistake, you were just illustrating how much you’d prefer an injured Gavin Floyd to Volquez. lol

letsgogiants
1 year 8 months ago

Just wondering, what happened to Locke in the 2nd half? Would you say his first half last season was a fluke?

xHoratiox
1 year 8 months ago

Dude lost his command, and his luck started to run out. When this guy hits the inside corner and just off the outside with his FB he can be impressive. He was only able to do this in the first half though, and he DID have some luck. Very low .BABIP against, but if he gets his command down he could be better than many think…

KJ4realz
1 year 8 months ago

Liriano attempt#2?

eedwards027
1 year 8 months ago

Well I knew I’d be disappointed when the Pirates eventually signed or traded for somebody

Hanley
1 year 8 months ago

Pirates are not good

alexamato
1 year 8 months ago

not a terrible signing, but why not Locke or Karstens?

TL
1 year 8 months ago

Because neither has shown the consistency to be relied upon fort he full season. But then again, neither has Volquez.

GoldenBoy
1 year 8 months ago

This is a terrible signing. As a Padres fan, I can easily say that Volquez will frustrate the hell out of you. He’ll pitch brilliantly for 3 or 4 innings, and then the wheels will immediately fall off. Happens practically every outing with Edison, especially the past year. He’s an oddly entertaining player, but I wouldn’t wish any team to have him on the mound, even if he was pitching for free. He’s that frustrating.

Curt Green
1 year 8 months ago

You just described Liriano as a Twin.

Alderson Smith
1 year 8 months ago

“Edison?” At least, you could spell his name right. It’s Edinson.

Luke Wise
1 year 8 months ago

He did that as a Red too. That last year he was especially bad in the opening innings.

Erin Leaver
1 year 8 months ago

It’s one year. It’s not a very risky signing really.

Devern Hansack
1 year 8 months ago

I fully expect to command $5 MM this year.

Daniel
1 year 8 months ago

Padres rotation just got better !! Thanks PIT !!

Ivan Verastica
1 year 8 months ago

He wasn’t even with the Padres.

Sam
1 year 8 months ago

Interesting sign, big shoes to fill in taking AJ Burnetts rotation spot. I wasn’t surprised by Burnett and Liriano’s resurgence in p-burgh but I will be surprised if Volquez turns it around. 5 mil in this market is peanuts if he can actually be a league average starter so it’s not a big commitment. How far away is Jameson Taillion?

Paulie Corleone
1 year 8 months ago

Taillon looks to be on the same path that Cole took last year, provided he stays consistent the first few months in AAA

Sam
1 year 8 months ago

Ok we’ll then Volquez is just keeping his spot warm for him at a cost of 5 mil.

Paulie Corleone
1 year 8 months ago

Pirates have Cole, Liriano, Morton and Wandy Rodriguez, it’s no guarantee that Volquez nails down that 5th spot with Locke, Pimentel and company nipping at his heels… I wish it wasn’t $5m but oh well

Flowseidon
1 year 8 months ago

Did the Pirates lose their BP pitcher? If so, Edi is a good fit.

bucsws2014
1 year 8 months ago

The plan apparently is to have Edinson hit Votto repeatedly.

Luke Wise
1 year 8 months ago

As a Red’s fan I like him in the NL central.

Mike Adamson
1 year 8 months ago

Yea I bet you do

Mike Adamson
1 year 8 months ago

Yea I bet you do