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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Cubs - Signed Marquis
Chicago Cubs - Signed P Jason Marquis to a 3-year contract worth $20 million.
Is there an emoticon for projectile vomiting? Maybe something like :-d~o~o~o~?
Marquis was a serviceable, though overrated pitcher for two years. As with Mark Mulder, the sudden drop in strikeouts should have been a warning sign - ZiPS say it as a warning sign but only bumped Marquis’ projection last year to a 4.68, miles away from the 6.02 he actually managed to put up in a pitchers’ park with a good defense. Marquis should immediately report to Dr. Andrews for Tommy John Surgery. After all, though we have no indication that he actually needs the surgery, it’s clear that his factory-installed ulnar collateral ligament isn’t getting the job done. It’s time to give tendons in his foot or hamstring a chance. I’m sure one of them would allow less than 35 home runs or walk less than 75 batters or at least strike out 100.
I can understand someone giving Marquis this contract after his 2005 season. I would’ve complained about it because of the strikeout issue, but it would’ve been defensible on some level. But giving this contract to Marquis after 2006? Cubs fans better hope Marquis is actually damaged goods because if 2006 (and honestly, 2005) represent a healthy Marquis, then there’s no hope of this working out well. The Marquis de Bad can’t even blame BABIP as he had a .283 this year.
The one thing Marquis had going for him is that he generally didn’t leave you in suspense and if he was having a bad day, it was bad enough that you know you could go home early. Despite an average Game Score of 43, only 1 of Marquis’ starts had a Game Score between 40 and 50.
Do I really need to say which way my thumb’s pointing? I’d rather watch a movie entitled “A Homoerotic Evening with Don Zimmer” than be paying Marquis $7 million a year.
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