The Padres, for once, are not in a position to sell, but that won't stop teams from poking around and seeing if any players are available. The Padres are right in the thick of things in the bunched up NL West. They are only 3.5 games out of first in their division, but are in third place, behind the Giants and Diamondbacks. Their pitcher Edinson Volquez is garnering a lot of interest from teams and their scouts. Once known as an up and coming star in the league, Volquez quickly had control issues and was consistently walking hitters and was not considered an up and coming star anymore.
Teams are showing interest in Volquez a little more than a month ahead of the trade deadline, says Bill Center of U-T San Diego. The Phillies, Blue Jays and Orioles all sent scouts to watch him at his latest start.
After a shaky 2012 season, Volquez signed a one-year deal worth $5.73 million with the Padres. If the Padres were to trade Volquez, they would need to eat some of his contract in order to make the deal work. Don't expect him to be a number two or three starter in the rotation. He is more of a number five type of pitcher.
If Volquez were traded, he would strengthen the teams bottom part of their rotation. You would have to deal with some pains, but that's common with him. On the year he is 5-5 with a 5.84 ERA and a 64/37 K/BB ratio. Again, not eye popping stats, but for the bottom of the rotation, it's not bad. Volquez, to me, is a gamble. He has shown flashes of brilliance by showing excellent command and the ability to spot his pitches. Then he goes out and walks seven batters and is out after four innings. It's frustrating. Whoever gets him will have to deal with this. If your team needs a number five type starter, he definitely should be high on your list.
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