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Edinson Volquez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/3/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals have struck a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent starter Edinson Volquez.
Volquez drew quite a bit of interest on the open market this winter after posting an impressive 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 140/71 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings this past season for the Pirates. But he was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, so the Royals are taking a risk here that the sudden turnaround was legitimate. Dec 17 - 5:40 PM

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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Edinson Volquez is seeking a two-year, $20 million contract.

It's a reasonable asking price after Volquez put up a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings in a big bounce-back season with the Pirates. The market has been relatively quiet on the right-hander to this point, but the Twins are one team known to have interest.
Dec 9 - 10:17 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are not expected to sign another starter once Francisco Liriano's deal is finalized.

In other words, expect Edinson Volquez to move on. The Pirates had interest in retaining Volquez and even made him an offer, but it appears they don't plan to spend any more on their rotation after re-upping with Liriano. Volquez is receiving interest from the Twins after a big bounce-back season that saw him post a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings.
Dec 9 - 7:36 PM

According to LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins have looked into free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez.

Volquez, like many other troubled starters, had a resurgence in Pittsburgh in 2014, posting a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings. Still only 31-years-ols, he's likely to be seeking a lucrative multi-year offer this winter.
Dec 7 - 8:04 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates made an offer to Edinson Volquez earlier this offseason.

However, he notes that the two sides currently aren't engaged in any talks. Pittsburgh would like to bring back both Volquez and Francisco Liriano, but it's possible both pitchers could find more money elsewhere.
Dec 2 - 7:03 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have interest in free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez.

Volquez is just one of many possibilities for the Twins among free agent starters, as Wolfson hears that they have spoken agent Greg Genske, who represents Francisco Liriano and Brett Anderson. The Twins are also expected to meet with the agent for Justin Masterson during next week's Winter Meetings in San Diego.
Source: 1500 ESPN
Dec 2 - 2:56 PM

Edinson Volquez gave up a grand slam and allowed five runs total over five innings in Wednesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Giants.

Volquez got by in the first three innings before two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning. An ill-placed pitch to Brandon Crawford changed that. Volquez was charged with another run in the sixth inning, giving up five hits and three walks on the evening. It was a disappointing end to a great season for Volquez, who revived his career to go 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA during the regular season. His strong year certainly earned him a few more million dollars on the free agent market this winter.
Oct 1 - 11:21 PM

The Pirates confirmed Monday that Edinson Volquez will start Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

He'll be facing off against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in what should be a raucous environment at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Volquez was one of the worst starters in the majors last season, but he bounced back with a 3.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 192 2/3 innings this year. The team that wins on Wednesday night will advance to a Division Series matchup against the Nationals.
Sep 29 - 11:16 AM

Edinson Volquez will be the starter for the Pirates in a potential Wild Card game Wednesday.

It had been set up that way with Francisco Liriano pitch Saturday and Gerrit Cole getting the ball Sunday. The Pirates can still tie for the National League Central crown with a win Sunday coupled with a Cardinals loss. Jeff Locke or Vance Worley would start a potential tiebreaker game on Monday. Volquez struck out a season-high 10 batters in his last outing and holds a 2.20 second-half ERA.
Sep 28 - 10:42 AM

Edinson Volquez threw seven more shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process as the picked up the win against the Braves on Thursday.

That's back-to-back starts of seven shutout innings for Volquez. He limited the Braves to four hits and a walk while setting a season-high in strikeouts with 10, eclipsing his previous high mark of seven. The right-hander has been a bargain find for the Pirates, as he ends the regular season at 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and a 140/71 K/BB ratio.
Sep 25 - 11:16 PM

Edinson Volquez is interested in re-signing with the Pirates.

Volquez has rebounded with a 3.15 ERA and 130/70 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings this season and credits the Pirates' coaches for his turnaround, so it makes sense that he's open to staying, but he would also like to parlay his success into a multi-year contract. "You always want to sign for more than one year," said Volquez. "Especially now that I'm 31 years old, I'd like to sign with someone for two or three years and stay a little bit longer."
Sep 23 - 9:31 AM

Edinson Volquez was handed a no-decision Saturday despite tossing seven scoreless innings against the Brewers.

Following Saturday's outing, Volquez has managed to lower his ERA by 76 points since the beginning of August. The right-hander yielded three hits and three walks while striking out six in the effort. He'll take a 3.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a 130/70 K/BB ratio into his final start of the season on Thursday in Atlanta against the Braves.
Sep 20 - 10:47 PM

Edinson Volquez gave up three runs -- one earned -- over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Volquez fell in a hole early after an error led to two Cubs runs in the second inning. He gave up another in the third, but he settled down to keep them off the board after that. He walked five, an issue for Volquez his entire career, while striking out five as well. The win was his 12th of the year, his highest single-season total since 2008. Volquez will take on the Brewers on Saturday.
Sep 14 - 4:32 PM

Edinson Volquez got a no-decision in Tuesday's loss in Philadelphia, allowing three runs in six innings.

The Phillies scattered six hits and a pair of walks, but were able to scratch out runs in the first, second, and fifth innings before Volquez departed. The right-hander struck out five in the effort. He has pitched well over his last seven starts, sporting a 1.80 ERA in 45 innings. Overall, Volquez owns a 3.36 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and 119/62 K/BB ratio. He'll look to keep it going in a home start against the Cubs on Sunday.
Sep 9 - 10:15 PM

Edinson Volquez took a no-decision despite a terrific effort Wednesday, tossing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in a loss to the Cardinals.

Volquez was excellent, allowing just three singles and two walks while striking out five. He was pulled with one out in the seventh with a runner on second even though he'd thrown just 82 pitches. The Pirates got out of that jam but ultimately lost in the ninth. Volquez will take a nifty 3.31 ERA into Philly next week.
Sep 3 - 5:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
4Elias Diaz
5Sebastian Valle
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
3Sean Rodriguez
2B1Neil Walker
2Gustavo Nunez
3Jake Elmore
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Pedro Florimon
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
2Deibinson Romero
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Travis Snider
3Andrew Lambo
4Willy Garcia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
7Jeremy Bleich
8Nick Kingham
9Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4John Holdzkom
5Jared Hughes
6Brandon Cumpton
7Stolmy Pimentel
8Casey Sadler
9Bobby LaFromboise
10Rob Scahill
11Radhames Liz
12Deolis Guerra
13Blake Wood
14Brad Lincoln