December 26, 2008 7:28 AM
Rockies might target Marquis in search
The Rockies are looking to add depth to their rotation. Instead of getting caught up in a bidding war for the likes of Tim Redding, who was nontendered by Washington and suddenly has a handful of teams running up his price, they could turn their attention to a more proven commodity such as Cubs right-hander Jason Marquis.
Marquis also is the other guy in a rotation but has proven to be durable, working at least 167 innings each of the past five seasons. And with the Cubs anxious to move him to ease their rotation overload, they would seem likely to eat roughly half the $9,875,000 he is guaranteed in 2009.
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 2.51ERA 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.