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.