CHICAGO–Cubs G.M. Jim Hendry is desperately trying to undo the good he has done by signing Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano this offseason. Reportedly, Hendry has signed Jason Marquis to a three-year deal between $20M and $28M.
Edmonds is going to need a visa to catch that one.
The Cubs are going up against the longstanding tradition of never signing a pitcher upon whom the Braves have given up. Marquis had an ERA over six last year, which projects to jump at least thirteen runs under pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
Marquis leans toward being more of a groundball pitcher than flyball pitcher, which is helpful in Wrigley Field about half the time. He can also hit. So that’s nice. He doesn’t strike out a lot of guys and he walks too many. But, again. He can hit. Yay.
Marquis has averaged over 200 innings for the past three years, meaning he is willing to take the ball every fifth day. Amazingly, the Cubs plan on actually giving him the ball every fifth day.