Earlier this week the Marlins were said to be trying to talk Javier Vazquez out of retiring and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 35-year-old right-hander is “50-50” to pitch in 2012.
According to Rosenthal he has a “strong East Coast preference” after spending his 14-year career in Montreal, New York (twice), Arizona, Chicago, Atlanta, and Florida.
Vazquez has lost some velocity and struggled with the Yankees in 2010, but he’s coming off a strong season with the Marlins and would definitely be passing up significant money by calling it quits. He threw 193 innings with a 3.69 ERA and 162/50 K/BB ratio this year and was even better for Atlanta in 2009.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.