The Miami Marlins made a move to try and bolster their rotation by signing former World Series champion, Edinson Volquez. The veteran right hander will receive a two-year deal worth $22 mil, according to an AP source. This deal is pending a physical.
Now, the Marlins are trying to revamp their rotation after the loss of superstar Jose Fernandez. This is a solid move, as the 33-year-old starter knows how to eat innings up. He threw 189.1 innings and made 30 starts for the fifth consecutive season.
In addition, the last four months of the 2016 campaign did not go the way he would of hoped, as he finished the season with a 5.37 ERA, but that was just a fluke, as he usually pitches around a low to mid three era. In 2015, he finished with an 3.55 ERA and in 2014, he finished with a lower ERA of a 3.04.
A bonus about Volquez is that his fastball speed continues to stay at 93 mph, which is good, as usually the older you get the lower it goes, but he has figured out how to stay in the game of baseball. Plus, he generated an impressive ground-ball rate of 51.2 percent last season.
Finally, the Marlins are not done adding arms to the rotation. This is just the start to a revamp rotation. So far, Volquez will join Adam Conley, Tom Koehler, Wei-Yin Chen, Jake Esch, and Jose Urena in the rotation with what it looks like Urena and Esch battling for the final rotation spot until the Marlins go out to sign another starter.