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Javier Vazquez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (41) / 7/25/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1994 / Rd. 5 (0) / WAS

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Javier Vazquez has been ruled out of the World Baseball Classic and will not pitch in the majors this season.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the report. Vazquez underwent knee surgery last month, and can no longer represent his native Puerto Rico. And despite the fact that he drew interest from several big league teams in the offseason, it sounds like the knee injury is going to be enough to scare off any legitimate offers. James Wagner of the Washington Post suggests Vazquez is considering retirement. Wed, Feb 27, 2013 10:55:00 AM

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Javier Vazquez will undergo right knee surgery on Wednesday.

It's not a major procedure, as he's having his meniscus repaired and should be throwing at 100 percent again in two to three weeks. Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM hears that Vazquez has drawn interest from seven teams this offseason following positive reports in winter ball, but he has yet to make up his mind about a possible comeback in MLB.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 05:21:00 PM

Javier Vazquez told a Puerto Rican newspaper that he's "not in a hurry" to sign and hasn't received any offers.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Nationals are showing heavy interest in Vazquez, but they may not be willing to offer him more than a minor league deal. Vazquez has also been linked to the Rangers, Phillies, Red Sox, Indians, and Rays as possible landing spots. The veteran right-hander is expected to wait until after he pitches for Puerto Rico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic to make a decision on whether he'll make a comeback in 2013.
Sun, Jan 13, 2013 06:00:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Nationals are showing heavy interest in Javier Vazquez.

Scouts have been raving about Vazquez, who is throwing 92-95 mph with terrific command in the Puerto Rican Winter League. More than a dozen teams have already expressed interest in signing him, but the veteran righty won't make a decision until after the World Baseball Classic on whether he wants to return to the major leagues.
Sat, Jan 12, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of reports that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is in Puerto Rico Thursday to watch Javier Vazquez pitch.

Vazquez's general manager, Alex Cora, tweeted that the right-hander hit 95 mph on his 83rd pitch. The Nats are one of a handful of teams that have scouted Vazquez, but they don't make much sense as a landing spot given that they already have five viable starters. ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that more than half of the 30 teams have shown interest in Vazquez, who is expected to decide after the World Baseball Classic whether he'll make a comeback in 2013. If he does return, it's expected to be for a contender.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 08:25:00 PM

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Mets have scouted Javier Vazquez in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

He's just one of the many names the Mets are considering as they attempt to fill R.A. Dickey's spot in the rotation, including free agents Shaun Marcum, Carl Pavano and Chris Young and trade possibilities like Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang from the Dodgers. Vazquez, who is considering a comeback, has also been scouted by the Red Sox, Rays, Nationals and Royals. It's been reported that he may wait to make a decision until after he pitches for Puerto Rico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 09:08:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox, Rays, Nationals and Royals were all in attendance to watch Javier Vazquez in his Puerto Rican Winter League debut on Friday.

By all accounts, Vazquez looked very sharp during the outing. He pitched six shutout innings, allowing just three singles and no walks while racking up four strikeouts. His velocity sat consistently at 93 mph, touching as high as 95, and he maintained good command of the strike zone. Interest in the veteran right-hander should heat up after this terrific showing.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 08:58:00 PM

According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, Twins assistant GM Rob Antony gave the impression that the Twins did not attend Javier Vasquez's tryout in Puerto Rico on Friday.

Antony also made it sound like making a big move for a starter, such as Shawn Marcum or Joe Saunders, wasn't going to happen. Barring an upgrade, the Twins will head into spring training with Vance Worley, Scott Diamond and Kevin Correia as the top three pitchers in their rotation.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 08:24:00 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports heard from a scout on Thursday that Javier Vazquez "physically looks great."

The scout thinks Vazquez, a free agent, could be a "sneaky good pickup" for some team. The Red Sox are expected to give him a look on Friday in the Puerto Rican Winter League and the Nationals scouted him last week. Vazquez, 36, did not pitch professionally in 2012. He owns a 4.22 career ERA and a 1.25 career WHIP.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 11:33:00 AM

Rob Bradford of reports that the Red Sox will be among the teams to scout Javier Vazquez during his Puerto Rican Winter League start Friday.

Vazquez, 36, is considering a return to the majors in 2013 after sitting out the 2012 campaign, though he won't make a decision until after the World Baseball Classic. The veteran right-hander went 13-11 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 162/50 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings with the Marlins in 2011 and should draw interest from multiple teams if he indeed decides to make a comeback.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 09:39:00 PM

Javier Vazquez told that he's considering making a comeback this season.

This was first reported by MLB Network's Peter Gammons last month. Vazquez never officially retired and is interested in pitching for a contender this season, but doesn't plan on making any decisions until after the World Baseball Classic. The 36-year-old right-hander went 13-11 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 162/50 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings with the Marlins in 2011, and should draw interest from multiple teams if he decides to return.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 11:41:00 PM

According to Peter Gammons of MLB network, Javier Vazquez is mulling a potential comeback to Major League Baseball.

Vazquez went 13-11 with a 3.69 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 162/50 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings with the Marlins in 2011 before deciding to hang 'em up. He'll pitch for Ponce in the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League after Thanksgiving, then for Puerto Rico during the World Baseball Classic, and use them as a gauge to see if he wants to come back. If so, he'll undoubtedly have plenty of suitors waiting.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 12:46:00 PM

Javier Vazquez said Monday that he isn't officially retired, but has no intention of pitching this season.

"I want to leave the door open in case I want to play, but right now I don’t see myself playing," said Vazquez. "For me to be ready in July or sometime in the summer, I’d have to start throwing soon. Right now, I don’t have any desire." Vazquez had a 1.92 ERA over his final 19 starts last season, but passed over the opportunity for a lucrative contract in order to spend time with his family. The 35-year-old right-hander hasn't ruled out the possibility of pitching for his native Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic next year, but a comeback in MLB is unlikely.
Mon, Apr 2, 2012 08:53:00 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Marlins were "absolutely, positively convinced" that Javier Vazquez was retiring before agreeing to trade for Carlos Zambrano.

Vazquez finished 2011 with a 1.92 ERA and 115/19 K/BB ratio over 126 2/3 innings in his final 19 starts, but he said right after the season that he was leaning toward retirement. The Marlins were hoping to convince him otherwise, but switching gears and taking a risk on Zambrano would seem to indicate that he's going to call it a career. The 35-year-old right-hander has a 4.22 ERA and 165 wins over 14 seasons in the big leagues.
Thu, Jan 5, 2012 08:50:00 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of, Javier Vazquez is "50-50" on whether he'll play in 2012.

Vazquez has hinted about the possibility of retirement, but he would consider continuing his career under the right circumstances. According to Rosenthal, he has a strong preference to remain on the East Coast in order to be closer in proximity to his family in Puerto Rico. The veteran right-hander is expected to make a decision on his future by December.
Thu, Nov 3, 2011 10:58:00 AM

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