Dodgers Agree on Contract with Edinson Volquez to Shore Up Back End of Rotation

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIAugust 28, 2013

Edinson Volquez is the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After being released by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, the Dodgers swooped in and signed Volquez to help the back end of their starting rotation.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first broke the news that Volquez will be a Dodger, pending a physical on Thursday.

Source: #Dodgers agree with Volquez on major-league deal, pending physical, other details. #Padres pay all but pro-rated min of his $5.725M.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 29, 2013

Volquez has been a hot target as of late, with the Philadelphia Phillies and Dodgers were among the top suitors for him.

Volquez did, in fact, make it through and was granted his release. Phillies have had discussions about him.

— Dennis Deitch (@DennisDeitch) August 26, 2013

Sources: LAD have serious interest in signing Edinson Volquez, who was released by the Padres. No. 5 starter Chris Capuano has struggled.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 29, 2013

However, the Dodgers were quicker than the Phils, and they will be the ones with Volquez as they look for a World Series ring.

The Dodgers needed to do something about their fifth starter if they were going to clinch the NL West and contend for home-field advantage throughout the postseason, and signing Volquez appears to be their quick fix.

Chris Capuano has been the fifth starter for the team, but, since the All-Star Break, he has struggled mightily. Capuano is 0-1 with an ERA of 6.98 in his last four starts, and has an ERA nearing 5.00 in the second half.

Volquez may not be the dominant pitcher that he was in 2008 anymore, but he is still a solid option for the No. 5 slot for the Dodgers. He is 9-10 with an ERA of 6.01 and a WHIP of 1.67 this season. Those are  the worst numbers he's posted since 2006.

However, he has proven that he can still make solid starts, and perhaps pitching for a postseason contender once again will light a fire under him.

Volquez has been hit-or-miss all season long, giving up two or fewer earned runs 12 times, but surrendering five or more earned runs five times, including three starts where he gave up at least eight.

We've seen Volquez at his best and his worst this season, but the Dodgers are hoping he can focus throughout the rest of the season and put together a string of quality starts for the team.

With an offense like that of Los Angeles, Volquez will be getting a lot of run support. With that comes confidence. With confidence comes better pitching.

Don't sleep on Volquez over the last month of the regular season, as he could be a huge addition for the Dodgers.