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New Marlins pitch will play for the Dominican Republic for the third straight time

New Miami Marlins pitcher has announced he will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic

Add yet another player from the Miami Marlins who will play in the World Baseball Classic.

MLB.com has announced that Edinson Volquez has agreed to play for the Dominican Republic team and will be part of a starting rotation that features right-handed pitchers Johnny Cueto, Carlos Martinez, Volquez and Alex Reyes.

Both Marlins’ outfielders Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton will be playing for Team USA when the games start in south Florida at Marlins’ Park.

According to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported Wednesday.

The four righties represent the entire starting rotation for the Dominican Republic, per Morosi, and fortify a stacked pitching staff that already includes the Yankees' Dellin Betances and the Rays' Alex Colome.

Martinez and Reyes, Cardinals teammates, will be making their World Baseball Classic debut, while Volquez returns to the club for the third consecutive tournament. Cueto joins the Dominican team for the second time, and it will be his first WBC appearance since 2009.

Volquez, who signed a two-year contract with the Marlins this offseason, went 10-11 with a 5.37 ERA in 34 starts for the Royals in 2016. He went 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 1/3 innings in the 2013 WBC for the Dominican Republic.

His presence in the Marlins’ rotation is expected to help offset the loss of Jose Fernandez. While Miami does not have a true No. 1 starter, the team hopes the changes in the rotation and the moves the organization made to help bolster the bullpen will be enough to carry the team to a playoff berth – the first since 2003.

 


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