The Chicago Cubs are close to dealing Jason Marquis to the Colorado Rockies for veteran reliever Luis Vizcaino. The Cubs have been trying to trade Marquis to clear salary space to sign a left-handed hitting outfielder. The Cubs will save about $5 million in 2009 salary if the trade happens. Marquis is owed just under $10 million for 2009, and the Cubs would likely have to pay approximately $1 million of that salary. Vizcaino is owed $3.5 million in 2009 and the Cubs would have to pay a $500,000 buyout if Vizcaino does not sign with the team for 2010.
Marquis has been a consistent pitcher for the Cubs in his 2 MLB seasons with the team. In 2007, Marquis started 33 games, pitched 191.2 innings, and won 12 games with a 4.60 ERA. In 2008, Marquis started 28 games, pitched 167 innings, and won 11 games with a 4.53 ERA. He has had double-digits in wins each of the last 5 seasons despite a high ERA.
Vizcaino has played for 5 different teams in each of the last 5 MLB seasons. With the Rockies in 2008, Vizcaino pitched only 46 innings in 43 games. He was 1-2 with a 5.28 ERA. Vizcaino has 34 career wins and a career ERA of 4.34.
It will be interesting to see if this deal happens. And if the Cubs do move Marquis, does it mean that the Cubs will also resume talks with the Padres for Jake Peavy, or if it was just a move to free space for the Cubs to acquire the left-handed hitting outfielder. The next week or so should be interesting…