First Star – Aubrey Huff (.215)
Second Star – Radhames Liz (.148)
Third Star – Kevin Millar (.079)
Turd of the Game – Jason Marquis (-.331)
I take it back. I take back all of the nice things I said about Jason Marquis. Shame on me for even thinking that he had turned things around and figured it out. Shame on you for listening and, God forbid, believing any of that nonsense I spat out. I feel so ashamed. I want to crawl under a rock and die. Well, maybe not that bad, but I do feel stupid for even suggesting it. I’m done with Jason Marquis. The problem then becomes what do we do with him. Let’s be honest, when we look at the options.
Trade Him – Good luck with that. The time to trade him is when his stock is at the highest, but at the same time, is it out of the question to think there would be some, albeit mild, interest in him for the stretch run? Granted we probably wouldn’t get the type of returns on him that we’d like, but at this time the heck with the cheese, let me out of the trap. With that being said, who would want him?
- New York Yankees – With Wang going down and the fact that they’re trying out guys like Sidney Ponson, it’s not out of the question to think they would be willing to take a gamble on him.
- Minnesota Twins – They’ve been hotter than hell itself lately, winning night straight. Quick, name their rotation. You can’t. It’s Francisco Liriano and who? Boof Bonser? Seriously? Why not Marquis?
- Florida Marlins – No one could have imagined that they would be where they are. I know this one seems far fetched, but they wanted Jacque Jones last year so why not? They come into today’s action with an ERA over 5.00 for the starting rotation. They could use the help.
Place Him on Waivers – This one is a little extreme, but if it comes down to the fact that you need to replace him the rotation it may come down to that. What’s going to happen when Zambrano comes back? There’s not a need to stick with Marquis over a younger, higher ceiling player in Sean Marshall. That seems to indicate to me that we’ve got to start shopping Marquis actively before Zambrano comes back or be forced to move on Marshall. I’d really like to see Marshall make his last start or two memorable and give Hendry something to think about.
Outright Release / Demotion to AAA – This one isn’t feasible, but an option. He’s out of minor league options, so he would not only have to clear waivers, but also accept a demotion as well. I think we’ve seen in Jason’s past that he’s not about that option so that would lead to his outright release. If it comes down to clearing dead weight, it may need to come down to that. I just have a hard time seeing the Cubs eat the contract money left on his deal. Essentially they would need to eat about $12 million. That’s not happening.
If we don’t trade Marquis, even for peanuts, I really think we’re stuck with him and need to do something to get him to be successful. I’m not sure what that is, but something needs to be done.