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Will Volquez be a $5 million blunder for Bucs?

I'm seeing positive comments about the Pirates' signing of Edinson Volquez to a $5 million contract.

Generally, it's a no-lose deal with plenty of upside?

Is it?

I don't think so. For the Pirates, $5 million is a big deal.

Yes, the Pirates had success with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano. Will it happen a third time?

Did it work with Erik Bedard?

Did it work with Jose Contreras?

Did it work for Jonathan Sanchez?

There's no guarantee. And now, $5 million from the Pirates' limited budget is tied up for us to find out.

Their money could have been better spent.


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