Update (8:57 PM EDT): It’s a two-year deal worth $22 million total, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are close to signing starter Edinson Volquez to a two-year deal.
Volquez, 33, rejuvenated his career when he signed with the Pirates for the 2014 season and he followed it up with a solid 2015 with the Royals. This past season, however, was not so great. The right-hander compiled a 5.37 ERA with a 139/76 K/BB ratio in 189 1/3 innings. Volquez led the league by allowing 113 total runs and he was more prone to giving up homers than usual.
Moving to the spacious Marlins Park — even though the fences were moved in — should help Volquez’s numbers. He’ll slot into the middle of the Marlins’ starting rotation.
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.