Right handed pitcher Javier Vasquez agreed to a one year deal with the Florida Marlins.
It was reported that Vasquez had turned down a multi-year deal from another team, which only shows he wants to make himself a front of the rotation guy again, and get a great offer after 2011.
But for now, the deal is known to be somewhere around $7 million, according to baseball insider Ken Rosenthal.
Vasquez, 34, joined the New York Yankees early this year, hoping to carry over his dominant stuff from the Atlanta Braves to the American League. He failed, posting a 5.32 ERA which is certainly not impressive.
But now that he will be back in the National League, it looks as if Vasquez can regain his 2009 form, where he finished 4th in the Cy Young voting. That year, he finished at 15-10, with an ERA of 2.87. Notice the fact that all the other interested teams in Vasquez were all National League teams: the Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, and the Chicago Cubs.
This all makes sense for the Marlins.
The team's priority this offseason was to add depth to the entire team, and this agreement helped.
Also, Vasquez is an experienced veteran, so this was an excellent addition to the young staff.
This $7 million deal was possible, after the Marlins let go of slugger Dan Uggla to the Atlanta Braves. At least there was some positive side to that.
Florida now has added two veterans, Vasquez and catcher John Buck. They had also received a good hitter in Omar Infante and a bullpen upgrade in Mike Dunn.
The best guess at this point is that Florida will go for a playoff run, and if that does not work, they will trade some of the players, like they did with Cameron Maybin, or Uggla and get even more prospects for the future.
It looks as if this team is up this, but it's hard to tell this early. Only time will tell.
Javier Vasquez just needs to pass a physical, and this great deal will be official.
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