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Marquis interested in joining Mets? No thanks.

Sep 22, 2009, 10:38 AM EST

Jason Marquis is probably more focused on helping the Rockies get to the World Series right now, but Jeff Francoeur told the New York Post that his close friend “desperately” wants to pitch for the Mets next season:

“He’d love to come here,” Francoeur — who indicated Marquis broached the subject to him and David Wright earlier this month when the Mets played at Colorado — said before last night’s 11-3 Atlanta win at Citi Field.

“He’d be a great fit. He’s from Staten Island. He’s a New York type
of guy. He’ll probably be coming off the best season he’s ever had.”

Exactly why the Mets shouldn’t sign him. Marquis is quite the good luck charm — his teams have reached
the postseason in nine straight seasons — but he has a 4.46 career ERA
over ten seasons. And even in his “career year,” Marquis has a 4.15 ERA
since the All-Star break. This is the case of a back-end starting pitcher being severely overrated
based on 15 wins. If there is a more likely candidate to be a free-agent bust, please let me know.

  1. John Pileggi - Sep 22, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Sure. Better to finish next-to-last again and save the money for the Madoff-constrained Wilpons. Pitching is expensive unless you home-grow it. The Mets have not home grown much lately.

  2. willmose - Sep 22, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Say, isn’t this tampering?

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