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Rangers Sign Edinson Volquez To Minor League Deal

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Edinson Volquez is back with the organization where he’s professional career began.

The Texas Rangers signed the 34-year old pitcher to a two-year minor league deal on Friday. However, there’s a catch. Volquez is currently in the process of rehabbing after having Tommy John surgery back in August. That means he will likely miss most of the year with the possibility of a return in 2019.

Volquez would earn a $2 million salary if he makes the roster next season and has another $4.5 million worth of incentives for that year on the contract.

So the question on the table- why sign a pitcher that may not step on the mound in Arlington and contribute in 2018?

One benefit that’s being looked at is how Volquez will now have a year to get familiar with the Rangers medical staff and rehab and training facilities. If he returns to full health and makes the roster next year, the Rangers have a veteran in the rotation with World Series experience.

Taking the mound for the Kansas City Royals in 2015, Volquez pitched Game 1 of the World Series and got a no-decision as the Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 in 14 innings. Volquez pitched the game unaware that his father had passed away before the game. His wife told the coaching staff not to tell him until after he was done for the night. After learning of the passing of his father, Volquez stepped on the mound at Citi Field in the series-deciding Game 5 and went six strong innings as the Royals won their first World Series title in 30 years.

Volquez will still get $13 million from the Miami Marlins as part of his two-year, $22 million contract he signed last offseason. Basically, Miami is still on the hook after releasing him last year.

The 34-year old was signed by the Rangers as an 18-year old amateur back in 2001 and was part of the “DVD” trio of pitching prospects with John Danks and Thomas Diamond. Volquez was later included in the package sent to the Cincinnati Reds in 2007 that brought Josh Hamilton to Arlington.

Volquez has a 93-87 career record while pitching in seven different organizations.  He made the 2008 All-Star Team with the Reds and threw his first career no-hitter last season while with the Marlins.

With this move, The Rangers now have 66 players in camp in Surprise, Arizona. Volquez joins pitchers Chi Chi Gonzalez, Joe Palumbo and Shawn Tolleson as players rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

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Kershaw Open To Darvish Returning To The Dodgers

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There’s been plenty of talk surrounding a reunion involving Yu Darvish. The free agent righty is still unsigned and the Texas Rangers were one of a handful of teams that appeared to be in the mix. However, general manager Jon Daniels has hinted that the Rangers don’t plan on throwing a lot of money on starting pitching in the free agent market as they look to trim down the payroll. The idea really became solid over the weekend after signing veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon to a minor league deal.

However, the aspect of Darvish and a reunion could still be in the works. Just not in Arlington.

There might be a chance that he returns to the Los Angeles Dodgers after all. Three-time Cy Young Award winner and Highland Park native Clayton Kershaw appears to like the idea.

“Obviously, I’ve made my sales pitch, so we’ll just see what happens,” Kershaw recently told The Orange County Register. “We don’t talk about like what offers he’s gotten or anything like that. I don’t want to pressure him too much.”

Darvish and Kershaw have been working together in an off-season throwing program in Dallas. They’ve had plenty of time to talk things over.

The Dodgers could be faced with the same dilemma as the Rangers involving the budget. The payroll stood at around $243.7 million last season. The Dodgers seem to be on board with the idea of falling below the $197 million competitive-balance tax threshold for the first time since 2012. Right now, they are estimated to be sitting around $17.4 and $20.4 million under. Signing Darvish could possibly do some damage to those plans.

If the numbers do work out, would Dodgers Nation welcome the push for Darvish to rejoin? He won four regular season games after being acquired in the deal with the Rangers at last year’s trade deadline. However, Darvish was hit hard by the eventual champion Houston Astros in both Games 3 and 7 of the World Series. Both of those games were the shortest outings of his career.

The Cubs, Twins and Brewers are also rumored to be in the hunt for Darvish, depending on what day of the week it is. These things change on a daily basis. One thing is for sure, spring training is just over a week away and Darvish is one of many big free agent names without a home at the moment.

Sounds like Kershaw wouldn’t mind the Dodgers bringing Darvish back into the fold for another shot at the World Series, even if it means flying past that tax threshold. When a future Hall of Famer talks; it can make a difference.

Darvish says he wants another shot at the World Series to redeem himself.  The Dodgers could give him that. The only question is whether the dollars make sense for both sides.