Saturday, August 31, 2013

Reds were reportedly interested in signing Edinson Volquez

There was a time in Cincinnati when many thought Edinson Volquez was going to be a star for years to come. This optimism was justified in 2008 when the right-hander posted a 17-6 record and 3.21 ERA while finishing fourth in Rookie of the Year voting.

However, that optimism slowly faded as Volquez could never repeat that kind of success as a Red, partly because of lingering injuries, and partly because of poor performance when healthy. In December 2011, the Reds decided enough was enough, and sent the Dominican native to San Diego in the trade that brought current ace Mat Latos to the Queen City.

In his first season as a Padre, Volquez posted a respectable 11-11 record and 4.14 ERA in 32 starts. It was enough to give the Padres hope that Volquez was finally going to return to the form he was in during the '08 campaign.

This year turned out to be a different story. On Tuesday, amid a 5.97 ERA and a whopping 1.665 WHIP, the Friars released Volquez, thus marking the end of a short-lived tenure for the 29-year-old pitcher in San Diego.

Many fans and experts were surprised when the rival Dodgers inked Volquez to a deal just one day later. But it seems as though Los Angeles wasn't the only team interested in Volquez's services.

In fact, according to this tweet by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Reds were one of several teams also in on the sweepstakes, which was somewhat of a surprise, to me at least.

The issue with Volquez has never been about "stuff" or talent. He has always boasted an above average fastball and a fantastic changeup. But injuries and command have always seemed to limit Volquez's effectiveness on the mound.

For his sake, I hope he can turn things around in Hollywood.

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