MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins have begun the painful task of revamping their rotation following the death of ace Jose Fernandez, reaching a deal with free agent Edinson Volquez.
The veteran right-hander agreed to a $22 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it won't be final until Volquez successfully completes a physical.
An All-Star in 2008 when he won 17 games with Cincinnati, Volquez helped pitch Kansas City to the World Series title in 2015 as he went 13–9 with a 3.55 ERA. He slipped to 10–11 with 5.37 ERA with the Royals this year.
Fernandez died in a boating accident a week before the end of the regular season in September. He went 16–8 with a 2.86 ERA this year.
Miami's rotation is also expected to include Tom Koehler, Adam Conley and Wei-Yin Chen, who combined to go 22–24 in 2016.
Volquez has an 89–79 record in 12 major league seasons. He's 33 but has pitched at least 170 innings every year since 2012, and still had a 93 mph fastball this year.
Volquez became a free agent this month when he declined his mutual option with the Royals.