The Dodgers have signed 30 year old starting pitcher Edinson Volquez to a major league contract, according to reports. Volquez was recently released by the San Diego Padres after going 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts.
Volquez will most likely compete for the fifth starting spot with Chris Capuano who is 4-7 with a 4.74 ERA. Volquez does have a better track record, as in 2008, when he went 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA. He was an all star in 2008. His second lowest ERA for his career was last year, when he had a 4.14 ERA.
Perhaps a change of senery can fix up Volquez, who has had plenty of trouble this season. Now getting to pitch for a Dodgers team that can provide offense, defense, and is contending in the NL race.
The Dodgers made a low-risk, high-reward move here by signing Volquez. It may be the move that puts them over the top, or be the move that is forgotten in baseball history. Taking a chance on Volquez is a great idea.