I don't understand where Lou is going with Marquis. Everybody knows that Marquis will eventually show his flaws and become the pitcher that he was and is.
There are number of bad aspects about him:
1. He is extremely wild, will walk numerous people, and can never throw strikes when he needs to. (31 BB, 41 K)
2. He will give up 3 runs or more every outing. 9 out of his 15 starts, he has given up 3 runs or more.
3. He has mental breakdowns on the field occasional (ex. at San Diego, he walks the pitcher, balks him over, and allows him to score off of his error).
As far as I'm concerned, Rich Harden has to be the Cubs Number 1 Trade Target. No, it's not C.C. because there's no point in giving up prospects in order to have him for 2-3 months at most. Also, Rich Harden is arguably better than Sabathia.
Harden's ERA is 2.44, I know he has fewer starts but 5 runs is the most he has given up .
Sabathia ERA is 4.06, C.C. has given up 9 runs twice .
People will talk about Harden's injury status, and I know that this is a concern, but it's not like C.C. hasn't been injured either.
It would also take less prospects to get Harden. I'm not completely positive on this but I think Harden is signed through 2010 with an option in '10. Sabathia is a free agent after this year and I can guarentee that he will not re-sign with the Cubs.
The 1-2 combo of Zambrano and Harden is comparable to Webb and Haren I would say.
Getting Harden would help out Dempster and Lilly because it moves them down the rotation and allows them to face other teams 3's and 4's.
However, Jason Marquis's teams have always made the playoffs. Just a bit of info out there.