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Interest in Vazquez may be too high for Marlins

Posted on: November 18, 2010 7:40 pm
Vazquez The Marlins have Javier Vazquez atop their wish list, as Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

There's one slight problem, however.

The market for Vazquez has been so robust, even the pitcher is surprised by the amount of money being offered -- and the price is already past what Florida would be willing to pay for the 34-year-old.

Vazquez saw his velocity tank to under 90 mph for his fastball, posting a 5.32 ERA and 4.90 xFIP in 157 1/3 innings, making 26 starts and appearing in four games out of the bullpen. This is a year after a stellar 2.87 ERA in 219 1/3 innings for the Braves.

Many feel Vazquez could benefit from a return to the NL, and Vazquez himself is interested in pitching for Florida as it is close to his native home of Puerto Rico. The skipper, Edwin Rodriguez, is also Puerto Rican and there are plenty of people in the front office who remember Vazquez from Montreal before owner Jeffrey Loria skipped town and took over the Marlins.

Vazquez has never been on the disabled list and posted at least 198 innings pitched from 1999-09 (that one season below 200 innings also coming with the Yankees), so he tops the list for those looking for durable starters who can eat up innings and keep the team in the game. And as his play for Atlanta demonstrated, he is capable of a Cy Young-worthy season.

The Nationals, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs have all expressed interest in Vazquez. Colorado may be less inclined to give Vazquez what he wants after acquiring Felipe Paulino, and St. Louis just resigned Jake Westbrook, so may also be dropping out of the race. That leaves the Rockies, Cubs and Marlins as known suitors, although there likely are other teams that are in on Vazquez.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 4:08 am

Interest in Vazquez may be too high for Marlins

    The Cubs let Ted Lilly get away and now are interested in Vazquez? Vazquez needs to stay in the National League where he doesn't have a ninth hitter to get out.
    Take that powerful DH out of the picture, and replace him with an anemic hitting pitcher - that computes to many less hits and runs over the course of the season. Go to the NL Javier.

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