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Monday Rockpile: Winter Meetings, Day 1

Is Willy Taveras on his way out of Denver during the Winter Meetings this week? The Rockies have kept their fishing line in the bond to see if they would get any bites, and the latest possible bite is by the Nationals. Ken Rosenthal also reported the Nationals' interest in Taveras, but Rosenthal is now backtracking, saying the Nats aren't all that interested, it appears, because of his low onbase percentage and his right-handedness.

In the first link, Troy Renck mentions that the Rockies might look to see what it would take to trade for Jason Marquis, if the Cubs need to clear payroll to acquire Jason Peavy.


Jason Marquis

#21 / Pitcher / Chicago Cubs

6-1

210

L

R

Aug 21, 1978



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jason Marquis 11-9 29 28 0 0 0 0 167.0 172 87 84 15 70 91 4.53 1.45

A good idea?

ERA ERA+ WHIP FIP VORP PRC
2005 4.13 102 1.329 4.88 18.2 64
2006 6.02 74 1.523 5.94 -5.7 51
2007 4.60 101 1.388 4.92 16.5 65
2008 4.53 99 1.449 4.57 20.8 59

And in too small of a sample size, Marquis has a 2.51 ERA in 28 2/3 IP at Coors Field. Marquis is due slightly under $10M this coming season before heading to free agency. For anyone to trade for Marquis, I'd expect the Cubs to pay part of his salary. As it is, Marquis is an expensive "blah" pitcher.