Javier Vazquez put the finishing touches on a one year deal with the Marlins for $7M on Thursday. Vazquez, 34, will be reunited – sort of – with the organization that gave him his big break. It was the front office of the Marlins that was the front office of the Expos back when Vazquez was breaking into the league.
Yet this move doesn’t come with some questions. Vazquez’s velocity is down and there doesn’t seem to be an immediate explanation for it. On the plus side, his MRI came back negative.
Vazquez has some serious mileage, throwing 2,647.1 innings over his career. With a clean bill of health, what can reasonably be expected of him? He is a fly ball pitcher that could thrive in the dimensions of Sun Life Stadium. Rounding out the rotation with Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Chris Volstad, and Anibal Sanchez, Vazquez could anchor down a rotation with his leadership.
This isn’t a move similar to when the Marlins signed Al Leiter back in 2005 for similar money. Back then, Leiter was looking for one last go and the Fish took a flyer on him to beef up the rotation and get his experience to help groom the young pitchers. Although the Marlins hope to get Vazquez to serve as a mentor for the younger Fish, they are hoping to get him on the rebound of his career.