That's Saturday Night Linkaliciousness...
Jason Marquis says he wants to be traded if he doesn't make the Cubs rotation. The problem is, he's owed $18 million the next two years, and he's not very good.
Now, he had a decent ERA and ERA+ last year, and he's just 29...but his peripherals have never been any good, and his 2006 season was a disaster. PECOTA projects him as a 5+ ERA guy the next few years, which sounds about right to me.
The Cubs would probably be best served shuffling him off to a team that feels it needs a vet arm for the rotation to compete right now, shed the salary, and get something useful in return. That would certainly seem to be a better option that sticking him in the pen...
More on the Braves not being optimistic about re-signing Mark Teixeira, in a piece that includes a quote from Teixeira about the contract extension the Rangers offered:
The Braves' own FOTF, Chipper Jones, has this to say about Teixeira coming back:
So there you go.
There is a good piece up on THT about the "no risk" free agency that a handful of players received in 1988 as a result of an arbitrator's ruling regarding collusion that had gone on a few years before. Some good history on the whole collusion thing that occurred in the late-80s (and I know some of the readers here aren't old enough to remember when it happened). One of the most interesting things, though, to me:
McPhail was right, of course...and yet, this was part of the collusion that was going on, and owners would only stick to this because they thought all the other owners would agree. Not overpaying experienced marginal players, and realizing one free agent won't bring a pennant, is simply wise management...and yet, only through collusion will teams follow that advice...
Don't know how much basis there is in this, but reportedly, the Dodgers, who are trying to decide between washed-up vet Nomar Garciaparra and prospect Andy LaRoche for their third base job, are apparently considering solving the dilemma by trading for Brandon Inge. Inge is owed about $20 million over the next three years, and is a terrific fielder but a bad hitter. However, Joe Torre and Larry Bowa apparently want Inge, so we'll see how much stroke the new manager in L.A. actually has there.
If the Dodgers do trade for Inge, if I'm Jon Daniels, I'm on the phone with them ASAP, seeing if LaRoche could be had.