The Dodgers were able to re-sign reliever Brian Wilson, a top priority in the off-season and have been in talks of bringing back Michael Young for an infield spot. However, this afternoon, it was reported they lost another free agent starter according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
Sources: #Pirates, free-agent RHP Edinson Volquez in agreement on one-year, $5M contract, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013
Volquez was signed after he was designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres in late August. Added as the latest project for pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Volquez went 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA, with a 3.25 K/BB rate as he’s struggled with his control most of the season.
There was never any indication that the Dodgers would look to re-sign the former Rookie of the Year award winner and the Pirates are looking to find their latest Francisco Liriano project. Volquez is familiar with the NL Central as he started his career with the Cincinnati Reds and showed some promise in his short time with the Dodgers.
Other Dodger free agents that haven’t signed yet include Juan Uribe, J.P. Howell, Mark Ellis and Chris Capuano as the 2014 version of the team will look significantly different.
ICYMI: The Dodgers and right-hander Brian Wilson agreed to a one-year deal last week