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Marquis in pinstripes would be great news for AL rivals

Dec 7, 2009, 6:25 PM EDT

It’s a lesson all of the AL contenders have learned in recent years: a team must be very, very careful when looking to NL pitchers to bolster their staffs.
Jason Marquis is exactly the kind of pitcher who needs to be left in the easier league. He’s an accomplished innings eater, but he hasn’t finished with an ERA under 4.00 since 2004. His career WHIP in 10 seasons is 1.42. He fans barely five batters per nine innings and that’s with some assistance from getting to face a pitcher twice a game.
Marquis did start getting more grounders during his surprisingly successful year in Colorado, but prior to that, he was never the true sinkerballer he was traditionally billed as. He’s surrendered as many as 35 homers in a season, and he’s always walked too many batters.
All those factors made it quite a surprise when the news leaked Monday that the Yankees have talked Marquis over with his agents. There’s nothing to suggest serious negotiations have taken place, but it appears they are considering Marquis for one of their rotation vacancies.
The Red Sox and Rays would likely be glad to see it. Marquis would have a difficult time keeping his ERA under 5.00 while pitching in the AL East. He probably wouldn’t fall apart physically like Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright did, but there’s reason to think the Yankees could get the same results from Ian Kennedy as they could from plugging Marquis into their rotation.

  1. Ryan - Dec 7, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Shhhh Matthew, let them go get Marquis. I hear Doug Davis and Daniel Cabrera are available to the yanks too!

  2. Ray - Dec 7, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    This would be a disappointing move for the Yanks. Marquis has proven to be very inconsistent and streaky over his tenure in the bigs. While an innings-eater in the NL, and possibly a valuable back-end starter somewhere (which he proved while pitching steadily for the Rockies of all teams), he rarely dazzles, even in the lesser league, and a switch to the AL will likely hurt Marquis and his new team.
    I know he is a New York area native, and that holds some appeal for both Marquis and the Yankees, acquiring him would likely be a mistake.

  3. willmose - Dec 7, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Matt which is the easier league? The American League? Certainly not the National League. Take a deep breathe, pop your head out, now shake the brown applesauce out of your ears (don’t shake too hard, as brown applesauce that is your brain might also come out). About Marquis: if he is your number 1 to 3 starter, your starting pitching sucks. If he is your 4th starter, you staff is pretty good. If he is your 5th starter, you may have the best starting staff in the league. Now get back on your medication as you are becoming delusional again. Put the sissors down. It is very hard to make any comparsions between the league when they play by different rules. All this is not to say that Yankees would be stupid to sign him. For $20+ million over three years, the Yankees could do better.

  4. Matthew Pouliot - Dec 7, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Of course the NL is the easier league. Particularly for pitchers, but it’s true for everyone. The quality of play in the AL has been higher for several years. Even if you don’t want to trust the stats of players switching leagues, interleague records demonstrate the AL’s superiority.

  5. willmose - Dec 8, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    The stats of players switching leagues and interleague records demostrate jack. First, the leagues play with DIFFERENT RULES, or did I miss something? Please tell me how you factor out or in the DH in the statistics? Interleague play is not even exhibition league caliber. Two teams play 3 games against each other once every five or six or seven years (or never), under different rules. How the heck does that mean jack? Some 13 years into interleague play some teams have NEVER played each other! Secondly, the All-Star game is a farce. Look at the record in the All-Star game for the league that has the extra two teams, that league be it American or National almost never wins! Why because they are handicapped with two extra players from the two worst teams. As for me, I would rather be in the easiest division in baseball, the AL West. I would only need to finish ahead of the two worst teams in the division to have a shot at the playoffs. The AL’s superiority is only the minds of people like you. So, repeat after me, the two leagues play with DIFFERENT RULES. BTW, a great many AL players (read DHs) could not even play in the NL.

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