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Volquez finalizes $22 million, 2-year contract with Marlins

Pitcher helped Kansas City win World Series in 2015

MIAMI – Right-hander Edinson Volquez has finalized a $22 million, two-year contract with the Miami Marlins after passing his physical.

Volquez, 33, helped pitch the Kansas City Royals to the World Series title in 2015 as he went 13-9 with a 3.55 ERA. He slipped to 10-11 with 5.37 ERA with the Royals this year.

Volquez said that he has lived in Miami for the last 3 years and likes the Marlins team.

He also joked about the Marlins having a big ballpark that will help him  as a pitcher.

Volquez joins a rotation shaken by the loss of ace Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident a week before the end of the regular season in September.

Volquez said that Fernandez's death was a loss for all of Major League Baseball. 

"I'm not going to try to be him," Volquez said. "I'm going to try to be me."

An All-Star in 2008 with Cincinnati, Volquez has an 89-79 record in 12 major league seasons. He became a free agent this month when he declined his mutual option with the Royals.