Vazquez officially a Marlin

Javier Vazquez, one of the most durable right-handers in the game, officially signed a one-year contract with the Marlins. The announcement came on Thursday, several days after both sides agreed to terms over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Before announcing the signing, Vazquez first completed his physical, which was on Wednesday in South Florida.

Vazquez will earn $7 million, and he has a full no-trade clause. Another stipulation in the contract is the Marlins also agreed to not offer Vazquez salary arbitration after the 2011 season. The conditions of the contract pretty much guarantee that Vazquez will be part of the Marlins for all of 2011. Now, if the team falls out of contention and wishes to shop the right-hander in a possible trade, they could ask the right-hander to waive his no-trade clause.

Vazquez, 34, is a 13-year veteran who was 10-10 with a 5.32 ERA in 157 1/3 innings with the Yankees in ’10.

— Joe Frisaro


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