The Dodgers have agreed to a major league deal with pitcher Edinson Volquez who was released by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Volquez’s deal is expected to be finalized Thursday according to people familiar with the situation. The Dodgers will have to pay Volquez only the prorated share of the major league minimum salary. Whatever else remains of Volquez’s $5.725-million salary will be paid by the Padres.

Volquez 30 was an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 when he was 17-6 with a 3.21 earned-run average. He hasn’t posted a sub-four ERA since then.

Volquez was 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA with the Padres.

Volquez has to be in the Dodgers' organization by Saturday at 9 p.m. Pacific time to be eligible for postseason competition.

Volquez will offer the Dodgers another option for their final spot in the rotation which is currently occupied by Chris Capuano.

Capuano has posted a 6.98 ERA in his last four starts all of which were five innings or shorter.