As a New York Yankees fan, I'm not a big fan of Javier Vazquez (BOTH of his tenures). After his 2010 season, if you told me Vazquez would lead the team in wins for the 2011 Florida Marlins, I wouldn’t have believed you.
However, thanks to a slew of injuries to both Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco, Vazquez was able to do just that!
He started off the season poorly, going 3-6 with a 7.06 ERA at one point. However, he turned around it in the second half, going 10-5 with a 1.92 ERA. His season totals come out to a 13-11 record in 32 starts, with a 3.69 ERA and 162 strikeouts.
Considering that Vazquez played for a 72-90 Marlins team, that isn't too bad.
He doesn't do particularly well when playing in the American League, but when he’s pitching in the National League (see his tenure with Montreal, 2010 with Atlanta), he's pretty effective.
What makes Vazquez good is his ability to strike out batters, particularly with a curveball that has proven to be difficult for batters over the years. Will his next contract be with the Marlins? I doubt it, because the team already has a starting rotation of Johnson, Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad and newly acquired Mark Buehrle.
In addition, they have likely splurged all of their payroll money on other new additions like Jose Reyes, and have little or no money to even make Vazquez an offer.
A one or two-year contract is not out of the question for Vazquez, but he would best be suited to continue playing for a National League team.