Royals get Edinson Volquez, and you get my Thoughts!

Last night the Kansas City Royals announced the signing of right handed pitcher Edinson Volquez to a 2 year $20 million deal.  Volquez will turn 32 this Summer and has been pitching in the big leagues since 2005.  Over that time he has posted a career 4.44, with a 1.454 WHIP and k/bb ratio of 1.8 .  In his career he has never gotten to the magical 200 inning mark GMDM said...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Agree with Edinson Volquez on Two-Year Deal

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Edinson Volquez on a two-year deal worth $20 million reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Volquez spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates who picked him up on a one-year deal after he spent 2013 with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. The 31 year-old Volquez has just one season of more than ...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: A Different and Easier Approach to the Pitching Staff This Year

In 2012, the Pirates needed A.J. Burnett to bounce back in order to have a shot at a top of the rotation starter. They had Burnett in 2013, but needed Francisco Liriano to bounce back in order to join Burnett at the top of the rotation and make the pitching staff stronger. Last year they parted with Burnett, and brought in Edinson Volquez to replace him. They also brought in Vance...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Eddie V to KC

If you were holding out hope for Edinson Volquez to come back, it’s time to move on. Volquez agreed to a 2-year, $20 million deal with the Royals on Wednesday, doubling the length and annual money he earned in his one year with the Pirates. It’s a shame that his tenure with the Bucs ended with the awful Wild Card game, but Volquez was an extremely important piece of the 2014...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Edinson Volquez signs with the Royals

Ray Searage helped make Edinson Volquez a rich man: Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals have signed Volquez to a two-year/$20 million deal. I am of two minds about this deal. My first thought is that I’m happy that the Pirates didn’t give this sort of deal to Volquez. I’m relatively certain that his 2014 was a mirage and while I have a lot of confidence in the...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals sign Edinson Volquez

According to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, the Kansas City Royals have signed veteran starter Edinson Volquez to a 2 year/$20 million deal: Sources: #Royals, Edinson Volquez closing in on deal believed to be in the two-year, $20M range. One source believes physical is last step. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 17, 2014 In 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 31-year...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Edinson Volquez Agrees to Deal With Royals

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a two-year contract with right-hander Edinson Volquez that will pay him a total of $20M. The deal is still pending a physical. The Pittsburgh Pirates got great value out of Volquez in 2014, signing him to a one-year, $5M deal. He posted a 3.04 ERA over 192.2 innings, making 31 starts and one relief appearance. That was after posting a 5.71 ERA...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals agree to two-year, $20M deal with right-hander Volquez

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A source close to the situation confirmed that the Royals on Wednesday agreed to a two-year deal worth $20 million with right-hander Edinson Volquez. CBSSports.com first reported the agreement. Volquez will be in Kansas City later this week for a physical. Volquez, 31, was 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA last season for the Pirates. He logged 192 2/3 innings, by far his...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals sign Edinson Volquez to 2-year deal

In what appears to be the final big move of the off-season, the Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on what is believed to be a two year deal worth $20 million with right-handed starter, Edinson Volquez. Volquez was with the Pirates last season and had a 13-7 record in 192.2 inning with a […]
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Free Agents the Yankees Should Still Go After

View image | gettyimages.com Max Scherzer The Yankees are definitely searching for another big arm to add to the mix, and why not chase after the number one free agent and one of the best pitchers in baseball.  The Yankees have yet to make a big move, with rival team Boston making moves left and right.  In fact, you could argue that the Yankees have not yet made a move to...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rumors: Edinson Volquez, Pat Neshek

Here are two rumors to wrap up the evening and day two of the Winter Meetings before I call it a night. The first rumor is from Bill Brink, who says that the White Sox and Edinson Volquez are said to have mutual interest. Buzz in the hotel lobby: #WhiteSox and Edinson Volquez have mutual interest. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) December 10, 2014 This might be insignificant to the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Will Address the Bullpen After Francisco Liriano Deal is Finalized

After the news today that the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a three-year deal with Francisco Liriano, there were rumors saying that they could start focusing on Edinson Volquez, and that they would turn to the bullpen. Rob Biertempfel had two tweets tonight, saying that they aren’t likely to seek another starting pitcher, and will focus on the bullpen. He also had an interesting...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Searching the Trade Market For Lefty Relievers, Also Like RHP Pat Neshek

According to Jon Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates are searching the trade market for left-handed relief help. Pirates checking trade market for LH relief options. Tony Watson is their only proven LH reliever after the Justin Wilson deal. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 9, 2014 As Morosi points out, the team dealt away Justin Wilson, leaving Tony Watson as their only remaining...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

With Liriano Signed, Attention Now Turned to Edinson Volquez

Just after the Pittsburgh Pirates came to an agreement with Francisco Liriano for three years, Jon Heyman is reporting that they are now turning their attention to re-signing Edinson Volquez. The Pirates already signed A.J. Burnett earlier this off-season, so they seem serious about solidifying their five-man rotation, which also includes Gerrit Cole and eventually Charlie Morton...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Winter Meetings are here

Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings officially kick off in San Diego today, so if you feel like this has been a boring winter for the Pirates (they’ve actually made quite a few moves, but they’ve more or less been all boring moves), it’s likely that that’s going to change. I’ve been busy with the end of the semester looming, which is why I haven’t had a chance to post...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Why Has This Been a Quiet Off-Season For the Pirates?

In baseball, a slow off-season is the norm. The off-season is called the hot stove season because it resembles water heating up. You turn on the burners, then you wait. And you wait. Then you see a few bubbles. Then suddenly, the water is boiling and you’re ready to go. It feels like the Pirates have had a slow off-season thus far. No, it hasn’t been slow in the sense that...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The biggest potential busts of the MLB offseason

It happens every year, MLB teams desperate to inject some life into their World Series hopes throw big money at players and almost immediately come to regret it. No matter how smart we think MLB front offices should be, they continue to make mistake after mistake. Sometimes it can’t be helped, but sometimes it can. These nine players are the players GMs should know better than...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett returns to the Pirates for one year, $8.5 million

The Pittsburgh Pirates made probably the most shocking move of the early part of the MLB offseason, bringing back A.J. Burnett on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million. The #Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RHP A.J. Burnett (@wudeydo34) for 2015. pic.twitter.com/qS623MDvzQ — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 14, 2014 Burnett shined for the Pirates from...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Reunite with A.J. Burnett

Over the last few years, the Pirates have developed a bit of a reputation for being exceptional at extracting value from discarded pitchers: Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and Mark Melancon are three of the more recent examples, for instance. However, before any of those three got to Pittsburgh, the Pirates worked their voodoo on A.J. […]
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2015 Predicted Free Agent Prices For Martin, Liriano, and Volquez

Every year at the start of free agency, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes an article with predictions on free agent prices, citing an unbiased GM, scout, and his own prediction for each of the top 50 free agents. It’s a fun article that gives us an idea of what the industry expects each player to receive. This year’s version of the article is significant, as it looks at what guys...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The One Thing Standing Between Tyler Glasnow and the Top of a Rotation

Free agency began today, with four Pittsburgh Pirates — Russell Martin, Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and Clint Barmes — officially filing as free agents. Martin is going to be a huge focus, although the other big focus will be on starting pitching. The Pirates will most likely need to add two starting pitchers from the outside, adding to their internal options of Gerrit...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

A Look at What Free Agency Could Bring For Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez

Over the last two days, there have been a few articles written on two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ free agents, Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez, looking at what those guys could make in free agency. In Martin’s case, everyone agrees that he will receive a huge payday, although there hasn’t really been a consensus on the amount he could receive, or the years. From the looks...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Who Are the Best Reclamation Starting Pitchers For the 2015 Season?

Over the last few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten a lot of value on the pitching market. They added A.J. Burnett for two years, Francisco Liriano for two years, Edinson Volquez for a year, Vance Worley for the 2014 season plus four more years of control, and several other relievers for small costs. The combined cost for Burnett, Liriano, Volquez, and Worley was just under...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: The Fall and Rise of the 2014 Pirates Rotation

The results from the 2013 season gave some hope for the 2014 rotation. At the end of the year, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked like they had three top of the rotation guys in Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and A.J. Burnett. During the off-season, they didn’t bring back Burnett, and instead went for Edinson Volquez. As a result, there was a lot of fan backlash to the set of moves...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Chicago Cubs and the Divide Between Top Hitting and Pitching Prospects

The following post is courtesy of our friends at the Georgetown, Sports Analysis, Business, and Research Group.  GSABR  is a student organization at Georgetown University whose goals are to develop interest and awareness of the sports industry, to educate students about career, internship and education opportunities related to sports, and to engage in sports research. The post...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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