Pirates, RHP Edinson Volquez reach 1-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached a deal with right-handed

pitcher Edinson Volquez on a one-year contract for $5 million.

The 30-year-old Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA in 2013 while

splitting time with the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles

Dodgers. The deal is pending a physical.

Volquez is the latest reclamation project signed by the Pirates.

Volquez was an All-Star in 2008 when he went 17-6 for the

Cincinnati. He has spent the last five years dealing with injury

and other issues. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and

served a 50-game suspension in 2010 for using performance-enhancing


Volquez gives the Pirates some rotation depth if the team cannot

sign free agent A.J. Burnett, who is mulling retirement.

Earlier Wednesday the Pirates and right-handed pitcher Charlie

Morton agreed to a three-year deal.