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Vince Velasquez is heading from the AL Central to the NL Central. According to reports, the right-handed pitcher is in agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates on a one-year deal worth $3.15 million.

Velasquez spent the 2022 campaign with the Chicago White Sox after signing a one-year deal in March. Over the course of the season, the righty found himself in a variety of roles for the injury-plagued White Sox. From mop-up duty to high-leverage relief roles and nine starts, Velasquez was deployed in nearly every situation one can imagine.

In all, Velasquez tossed 75.1 innings in 27 appearances and posted a 4.78 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 25 walks. Somewhat impressively, Velasquez managed to tie his career-low hits per nine innings (H/9) rate during 2022 at 8.1. The last time he held opposing hitters to that rate came in his rookie season with the Houston Astros.

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Vince Velasquez is no stranger to the National League. After spending most of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, the 30-year-old is now headed back to the state of Pennsylvania for the 2023 season. He joins a Pirates club coming off of a 62-100 season that spent 2022 locked in a battle for the basement of not only the NL East but all of baseball.