San Diego Padres starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws to a Seattle Mariners batter in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached a deal with right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez on a one-year contract for $5 million.
The 30-year-old Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA in 2013 while splitting time with the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal is pending a physical.
Volquez is the latest reclamation project signed by the Pirates. Volquez was an All-Star in 2008 when he went 17-6 for the Cincinnati. He has spent the last five years dealing with injury and other issues. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and served a 50-game suspension in 2010 for using performance-enhancing drugs.
Volquez gives the Pirates some rotation depth if the team cannot sign free agent A.J. Burnett, who is mulling retirement.
Earlier Wednesday the Pirates and right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton agreed to a three-year deal.