Edinson Volquez has signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the Miami Marlins, according to Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. The 33-year old ends his two-year tenure with the Royals having won 23 games with a 4.43 in 68 games. Since he was not given a Qualifying Offer, the Royals will not receive a draft pick as compensation for his departure.
The right-hander originally signed a two-year, $17 million with the Royals before the 2015 season after a bounceback season with the Pirates. The deal was met with skepticism by fans but Volquez was a terrific value for the Royals in 2015, winning 13 games with a 3.55 ERA with 2.5 rWAR and a career high 200 1/3 innings pitched. He was effective for them that postseason with a 3.77 ERA in five starts, including a huge Game One start in the World Series where he matched Matt Harvey for six innings on the same night his father passed away.
Volquez was off to a decent enough start in 2016 with a 4.12 ERA over his first fifteen starts until he was absolutely destroyed by the Houston Astros on June 24. He gave up twelve runs in just one inning of work, quite possibly the worst start in baseball history. Volquez would post an ugly 6.54 ERA over his last 19 starts, likely costing him any chance of getting a Qualifying Offer from the Royals. He ended the season with a 5.37 ERA in 189 1⁄3 innings with his highest walk rate since 2013.
Still, a very thin free agent starting pitching market made him attractive enough to receive a two-year deal from the Marlins to return to the National League. The Royals currently look to have a rotation featuring Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Yordano Ventura, Jason Vargas, and one of Chris Young, Mike Minor, or Matt Strahm.