Texas Rangers: Edinson Volquez possibly considering a return maybe

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (36) takes over the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning during the baseball game between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 18, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (36) takes over the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning during the baseball game between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 18, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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This was supposed to be Edinson Volquez final season. However, he could consider a return to the Texas Rangers. Maybe.

The 2019 campaign was going to be it for Edinson Volquez. The Texas Rangers pitcher was working his way back from Tommy Joh surgery and a sprained right elbow. He had accomplished his objective for this year – to work his way back to the mound and go out on his terms.

As it turns out, Volquez may be willing to return for 2020. Maybe. If the Rangers want him back, he could consider making 2020 his swan song instead.

The 2019 campaign has been a lost year for Volquez. He has pitched a total of 13.2 innings entering Thursday’s action, allowing eight runs on 14 hits and 11 walks, while striking out just nine batters. Based on those numbers, it would certainly appear as though the end is in sight.

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However, Volquez has found a second life since his return. The Rangers have deployed the veteran righty in a relief role, with the occasional appearance as an opener. In his six innings since returning from injury, Volquez has allowed just two runs on four hits and three walks, striking out three batters.

That success may have led Volquez to change his mind. In theory, he could return as a veteran mentor for the Rangers pitching staff, something that the team has displayed a preference in acquiring over the past few offseasons. He would certainly come cheaply, given his injury history and advancing years.

If he does return, retaining Volquez could pay off for years down the line. He has won a World Series, pitched a no hitter, and dealt with the tragic loss of his friend and teammate Yordano Ventura. He has worked his way back from a devasting injury, and has reinvented himself. That experience would be invaluable to younger pitchers.

Volquez could be more than just a veteran mentor. If he proves to be effective in 2020, it is possible that he could be an interesting trade option for a contending team. He has done well in relief thus far, and seemingly every contender is looking for bullpen arms come July. A healthy, and productive, Volquez could bring back a piece that could be a part of the Rangers future.

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Of course, this depends on whether or not Edinson Volquez wants to come back. If he does, and the Rangers want him to return, retirement may be on hold for one more year.