Denver baseball writer Tracy Ringolsby posted today about the Rockies' interest in Jason Marquis. Sounds like the interest is serious, and Ringolsby points out:
Marquis also has shown in limited exposure he can handle the challenges of Coors Field. He has only five career appearances at altitude but is 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA at Coors Field.
The 30-year-old right-hander also is an offensive factor. He is a career .231 hitter in 29 pinch-hit appearances.
Our SBN Rockies site chimes in with some analysis, including the idea (which some of us have discussed, and which seems reasonable) that the Cubs might eat half the contract, and further:
A Marquis for David Patton and cash considerations trade makes some sense, for instance, since Patton's already on Chicago's roster after the Rule 5 draft and there's already some risk of the Rockies losing him, but he would have to clear waivers before that could happen.
Sounds good to me, and maybe that's one reason the Cubs took Patton. Discuss.