From CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman comes word that the Royals have agreed to terms on a two-year, $20 million free agent contract with Edinson Volquez.
Volquez was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, posting a 5.71 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings between the Padres and Dodgers. But he bounced back in 2014 for the Pirates, finishing with a 3.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 192 2/3 innings.
Kauffman Stadium is pitcher-friendly and the Royals play excellent defense, so it’s a nice fit for Volquez. The 31-year-old righty joins a Kansas City rotation that already includes Yordano Ventura, Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie, and Danny Duffy.
Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.
Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.
Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.