• Yanks Will Not Sign Jason Marquis

    Posted by on December 21st, 2009 · Comments (3)

    …because he’s going to the Capital City…

    Via mlb.com -

    The Nationals are close to agreeing to terms with free agent right-hander Jason Marquis, according to a baseball source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Marquis has to take a physical before the Nationals make it official, according to the source. The club had no comment on the matter.

    Marquis, 31, is coming off one of his best seasons, going 15-13 with a 4.04 ERA with the Rockies. He also represented Colorado in the All-Star Game.

    During his 10-year career — which has included stints with the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs and Rockies — Marquis has won 94 games with a 4.48 ERA.

    Marquis said last week he can be one player who can help Washington’s young staff, which includes John Lannan and Garrett Mock. Marquis indicated that he can teach the younger pitchers what he learned from veterans like Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Chris Carpenter and Matt Morris.

    In fact, Marquis felt he was a mentor to Rockies hurlers Jorge De La Rosa and Ubaldo Jimenez.

    Buster Olney says Marquis has agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Nationals.

    Does Mike Rizzo know something that Brian Cashman does not know? Time will tell…

    Comments on Yanks Will Not Sign Jason Marquis

    1. Evan3457
      December 21st, 2009 | 5:26 pm

      Mike Rizzo does not know something Cashman doesn’t.

      Rizzo overpaid for Marquis’ career year. (Well, OK, for Marquis’ 2nd best year, his best having been 5 years ago in St. Louis.).

      A pitcher with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.418 career WHIP? In the AL? In the AL East? With a career K rate of 5.3? K/BB ratio of 115/80 last season? In the NL? Pitching to pitchers?

      Marquis benefited from Troy Tulowitzki’s exceptional range at short. Jeter, even improved Jeter, is average, at best. Marquis is a groundball pitcher. He’d get killed by the Yankees infield defense, killed by the DH, and killed by the superior lineups in the AL East.

      As the knights who survived the battle with “the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!” in Monty Python in the Holy Grail said:

      “Run-awayyyyy, run awayyyyy!”

    2. 77yankees
      December 21st, 2009 | 10:58 pm

      Thank goodness……..

      But I’m sure those Washingtonians will appreciate that “real tough New Yorker”.

    3. MJ
      December 22nd, 2009 | 9:15 am

      Mike Rizzo did the best he could with a limited budget and a crap-ass team that most folks don’t want to play for.

      I have no idea if Cashman was serious about Marquis or not but I certainly hope he wasn’t. In any event, it doesn’t matter anymore. And thank god for that.

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