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Marlins sign Edinson Volquez

Volquez is expected to join Miami on a two-year deal.

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The Marlins have agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal with free agent starter Edinson Volquez, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.

Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald first reported the two sides were nearing a deal.

Entering 2017 with a need for two starting pitchers, the Marlins started the offseason with a comprehensive search for available starters. Because the club lacks minor league depth, free agent signings seemed likely.

Volquez, 33, struggled with the Royals last season, pitching to a 5.37 ERA and 4.57 FIP over 189.1 innings. Though that’s his highest ERA since 2013, the Marlins clearly view Volquez as a bounce-back candidate.

The two-year deal is notable, because the Marlins have been hesitant to give starters multi-year deals. However, Miami has an immediate need and will turn to Volquez instead of inexperienced minor league options.

Now, the Marlins will have only one starting spot to fill. Wei-Yin Chen, Adam Conley and Tom Koehler are all expected to have starting jobs next season.