The Marlins have released veteran righty Edinson Volquez, club president of baseball ops Michael Hill told reporters including Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (via Twitter). The veteran hurler is still rehabbing back from Tommy John surgery and the organization was in need of 40-man roster space as it continues to make a variety of roster moves.
Volquez, signed last year as the club sought to build a pitching staff around its excellent core of position players. As it turned out, though, things fell flat and Volquez is one of several hurlers whose large contracts has created significant payroll drag — helping to push the organization toward a clear rebuilding path.
Miami owes Volquez a hefty $13MM for the 2018 season. There was really never any chance of the Marlins finding a taker for any of that, so it was lost money regardless. Volquez could yet be brought back on a minors pact, Hill noted.