The Fox Sports report said it’s a major league deal, and that the San Diego Padres, who released the veteran right-hander earlier today, will be paying almost all of Volquez’s $5.725 million salary for this season, minus a prorated share of the current major league minimum of $490,000 (about $95,000) that will be picked up by the Dodgers. Volquez is a veteran right-hander and former All-Star who presumably will take over the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation, but it’s not a slamdunk argument that he is better than the Dodgers’ current fifth starter, Chris Capuano.
Capuano is 4-7 with a 4.74 ERA and has struggled in his past four starts, not pitching past the fifth inning in any of them while posting a 6.98 ERA. Volquez was 9-10 for the season for the Padres, who begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, and he had a 6.01 ERA. In his most recent start last Friday night against the Cubs, Volquez lasted just 2/3 of an inning and gave up six runs.
Volquez is a potential free agent after the season. He was an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008, when he was a career-best 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA.
Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley told mlb.com that Volquez had a habit of overthrowing.
“We worked hard mechanically on keeping him on a good line toward home plate; we tried to shorten up his stride and get him to be a little taller,” Balsley told mlb.com’s Ken Gurnick. “In his bullpen sessions, he could do it. But in the game, he basically overthrew. That led to mechanical breakdowns. And it’s hard to tell someone not to try so hard. He’s very competitive. His competitive nature gets the best of him.”