The KC Royals continued to shell out money on Wednesday when they agreed to a two year, $20 million contract with right-handed starter Edinson Volquez.
Though it seems like he has been around forever (he was an All-Star back in his rookie season in 2008), Volquez is just 31 years old. He has however bounced between teams (Texas, Cincinnati, SD, LA Dodgers, Pittsburgh, and now KC).
Volquez has control problems (always has), as he has racked up 478 walks in 962.2 innings since 2008. He has however, pitched at least 170 innings in his last three seasons.
Despite his solid 2014 campaign with the Pirates in terms of ERA, he did hit 14 batters and threw 15 wild pitches (NL leading), despite having the great Russell Martin behind the plate. Volquez also allowed 17 home runs.
Volquez is more of a ground ball pitcher (50.4% in 2014), which should serve him well with the Royals Gold Glove caliber infield. Over the years, he has kept his velocity (mid 90s on his fastball) and still offers an effective curveball. One major positive in bringing in Volquez is that he could be a positive influence on youngster Yordano Ventura, who was thrown into the limelight in his rookie season (and he did not always handle himself well).
I just wonder if his 2014 numbers will regress with a move to the American League.
I’ve never been a big fan of Volquez, but check out this good read on him via Royals Review. Here are some more good reads on the Volquez signing:
Royals sign Volquez for back of the rotation Royals Authority
Can Edinson Volquez duplicate his 2014 success? Kings of Kauffman
Royals are spending money, keeping long-term options open SB Nation
When the deal becomes official, another player on the 40-man roster will bite the dust.