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Still No Word Yet on Marquis Trade

Posted on 03 January 2009 by Lou

Still no word yet from Cubs central whether or not Jason Marquis has been traded to the Colorado Rockies for reliever Luis Vizcaino. Rumors abounded on New Year’s Eve that a deal was close to exchange the 2 veteran pitchers. Cubs GM Jim Hendry has said that the move would be made in order to free up about $5 million in salary which would then allow the Cubs to sign free agent, switch-hitting Milton Bradley to play right field. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything concrete…

We’re definitely gonna miss Marquis’ bat and his sweet pinch-running skills (not to mention his 6 earned runs in 5+ innings box scores).

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Has Hendry Lost His Mind?

Posted on 02 January 2009 by Lou

As I wrote in my previous post on Wednesday, I wasn’t too pleased with Cubs GM Jim Hendry when he traded Mark DeRosa to the Cleveland Indians right before the end of the year. Unless the acquisition of 3 pitching prospects from the Indians results in the acquisition of Jake Peavy from the San Diego Padres, I think it will go down as one of the worst moves of his tenure as GM of the Cubs.

My initial reservations have even been legitimized by one of the best MLB baseball writers in the country – Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Check out what Buster has to say here.

Jim, here’s hoping that your moves pay off with a World Series title in 2009. If the Cubs take a step back and don’t make the playoffs for a 3rd straight season in 2009, you could be looking for a new city to call your home…

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Cubs Close to Dealing Jason Marquis to Colorado for Luis Vizcaino

Posted on 01 January 2009 by Lou

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…

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