Edinson Volquez came to the San Diego Padres as part of the Mat Latos trade. Now, since many people assume that the San Diego Padres will be selling at the trade deadline, you have to wonder if Volquez will be on his way out of town.
On one hand, it does make sense. His record is only at 5-7, but he is carrying a 3.68 ERA. His WHIP is pretty high at 1.39, but he is still having a pretty solid campaign.
Because of that success, his trade value will probably never be higher.
On the other hand, what if he continues this success and even gets better? What if he is on the verge of finding better control?
His contract is relatively small, and he could be the bargain of the year for the Padres. They could continue getting at least a middle of the rotation option for a bottom of the rotation price. What team doesn't like that?
Nevertheless, I am sure that this will not stop the speculation. The starting pitcher market always seems to be a tad thinner than the demand for its members. To make a legitimate playoff run, every team seems to want more pitching.
So will Volquez be on the move?
I kind of doubt it. He is affordable and highly effective so far this season. The San Diego Padres would probably not be able to find a cheaper option that would still provide similar results.
To leave you with some irony, check out this tweet from Corey Brock of MLB.com. He only sees Volquez moving if “you're [the Padres are] blown away with an offer (like the Latos haul).” I hope you all picked up on the irony, but this is seriously a great assessment of his place in the market.
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