What can the Texas Rangers Expect from Edinson Volquez in 2019?

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 20: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on June 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 20: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on June 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – JUNE 20: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on June 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – JUNE 20: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on June 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

What can the Texas Rangers expect from veteran pitcher, Edinson Volquez, who was added to the 40-man roster earlier this week?

The Texas Rangers added veteran pitcher Edinson Volquez to the 40-man roster on Thursday meaning his $2million contract is guaranteed for the 2019 season. Volquez will also have the chance to earn incentives based on performance during the year. As TR Sullivan at MLB.com notes, the Rangers were forced to “add Volquez to the Major League roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.”

Volquez initially signed a 2-year deal with Texas in 2018 but missed all of last season while he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery. Now that his contract has been turned into a Major League contract for next season, what can we hope to see from the former All-Star pitcher?

The last time Volquez pitched in the Majors was in 2017 for the Miami Marlins. Volquez made just 17 starts and posted a 4.19 ERA in just 92 innings. Having debuted in the MLB for the Texas Rangers back in 2005 and since has posted a career 4.42 ERA and has a career 1.444 WHIP.

In 2019, thoughts are that Volquez will indeed compete for a spot in the starting rotation that is undoubtedly slim left-hander Mike Minor headlining the group.

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