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June 17, 2013
Age: 30 on Wednesday
2013 Stats: 6-6, 5.50 ERA in 17 starts; 93 1/3 IP, 103H, 45BB, 79Ks.
Career stats: 50-46, 4.63 ERA. 143 games in nine MLB seasons
Contract: $5.73M in 2013; Free agent at season's end.
Skinny: Showalter knows Volquez, having had him in his first two years in the big leagues in Texas. Volquez has a big arm and was a 17-game winner with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 (after being traded from Texas for Josh Hamilton). But he's having a rough season in a pitcher's park. He's more of a take-a-chance guy than an unquestioned rotation improvement.
Connolly's take: I don't see it happening, but if they could get him and a reliever in a deal involving a change-of-scenery guy like Jake Arrieta, then maybe.