With the New York Yankees in striking distance of the American League playoff race, it never hurts to pick up a few extra arms that could help with the race, especially ones that have potential of being talented enough to help.
This week, the San Diego Padres designated for assignment and released starting pitcher and former ace Edinson Volquez, who was 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts. After his final start back on Friday against the Chicago Cubs where he gave up five hits and six runs in 0.2 of an inning, the Padres decided to part ways with Volquez and is now a free agent.
With the Yankees pitching inconsistencies of late, especially with Phil Hughes and at times, CC Sabathia struggling of late, might it be wise for Yankees GM Brian Cashman to consider signing the recently released Volquez to see if he can catch lightning in a bottle?
Most fans might look at Volquez's numbers and say no way, but this is also a 29-year-old who has good stuff on his pitches, but at times, struggled with his command; which can always be worked with if you get a player with the right pitching coach, and in this case, it would be having Volquez work with Larry Rothschild on figuring out how to make him a more effective pitcher.
Last year, Volquez went 11-11 with a 4.14 ERA in 32 starts for San Diego and had 174 strikeouts in 182.2 innings, but he also had 101 walks, which lead the league last season; Volquez got the walks down in 2013 as he had just 69 before being released this week. Volquez's best season was back in 2008 as a 24-year-old with the Cincinnati Reds when he went 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA and really looked like an up and coming starter in the league with really good stuff on the mound.
Of course, he's dealt with his share of injuries since that break-out season and even got suspended in 2010 for 50 games due to PED use, but in 2013, there have been many instances where he looked like his old dominant self again while pitching for the Padres and even looked pretty good pitching against American League teams too.
It might seem a little crazy to suggest someone like Volquez for the rotation, but given how awful Phil Hughes has been, plus with Michael Pineda and David Phelps getting hurt in the minor league, the Yankees really don't have anyone else to turn to if they wanted to take Hughes out of the rotation, but with a signing like Volquez, he'd give you a chance to throw someone with some veteran experience in there who can give the Yankees depth, innings and can be effective when his stuff is on.
For a veterans-minimum deal, it couldn't hurt for the Yankees to take a look and see if he could help the rotation and potentially, help the Yankees get to the postseason.
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