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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: EDINSON VOLQUEZ BACK IN EASIER NL AFTER SIGNING WITH MARLINS

It would be a futile overall attempt by the Miami Marlins to try and replace deceased ace starting pitcher Jose Fernandez but the team must try their best in shoring up what going into the winter was among their biggest weaknesses.  On that front, the Marlins began that process by signing free agent veteran arm Edinson Volquez to a two-year deal worth $22 million.  Volquez is coming off a terrible 2016 campaign where he pitched to a 5.37 ERA with the Kansas City Royals in the American League last season; a year that showed him pitching with a decreased fastball velocity and increasing struggles to strike batters out (just 139 whiffs in 189.1 innings).  Moving back to the NL at the very least will help Volquez regain some of his lost K's but his years as even a 170-K guy are long in the past.  In addition, at the age of 33, Volquez is pretty much a shell of the former SP 4 he was with the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates.  Yes the ballpark is spacious and facing opposing pitchers will be a bonus but Volquez is nothing but an SP 5 in mixed leagues and only slightly more valuable in NL-only formats this season.


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