LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Pirates agreed to terms Wednesday with right-hander Edinson Volquez on a one-year, $5 million contract, according to a source.
Fox Sports first reported the agreement.
The agreement indicates the Pirates are preparing for life without A.J. Burnett. Re-signing Burnett would push someone out of the rotation, which is unlikely because of the talent of Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton and the contracts of Volquez and Wandy Rodriguez.
Volquez, 30, allowed the most earned runs in the National League in 2013 while pitching for the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers. He had a 5.71 ERA, allowed 10.2 hits per nine innings and walked 4.1 batters per nine. That walk rate, remarkably, was the lowest of his seven-year career. In 2012, he led the league in walks.
His best year was in 2008 with the Cincinnati Reds. He had a 3.21 ERA and struck out 206 batters in 196 innings.
The Padres released Volquez in August. The Dodgers signed him, and he made five starts, where he cut his walk rate but still had a high ERA.
Volquez will likely compete with Jeff Locke for the final spot in the rotation (assuming Wandy Rodriguez's left forearm strain is healed) with Volquez and Locke the front-runners.