According to TracyÂ Ringolsby at Inside the RockiesÂ Jason Marquis continues to let his closest friends know he wants to pitch for the Mets in 2010.Â
“RHP Jason Marquis $9.875 million: Has told former teammates his goal is signing with the Mets. ”
Obviously his comments with Frenchy have been well documented.Â However, from this report we have to assume there has been discussions with more than one former teammate.
Marquis has had a respectable year, not a career year as many have said.Â He did finish with a career high in innings at 216 and put up a career best in HR/9 at .6 (which is astounding considering he pitched half his games in Colorado).Â Â What is also unusual is how drastic his change in GB percentage was.Â Marquis has always been considered a ground ball pitcher but increased that rate to 55.6% this year, an increase of 8% from the previous season and 6% higher than his career averages.Â Another statistic to look at Marquis has had 11 or more wins for the last 6 yearsÂ and has started 32 or more games during that span every year but 2008.Â
So what is Marquis worth?Â I do not want to get tied up in the discussion of is he a #1, 2, 3, 4, 5.Â In my opinion he is a mid-rotation starter.Â Certainly not on the level of Lackey.Â If I considered Lackey a B, Marquis would be a C along with Piniero.Â
Another question you have to ask, is Marquis the NY native genuinely wanting to pitch in NY or is doing what many have done before.Â Draw NY in to raise the price of their future contract.Â With Marquis, I am chosing that he wants to pitch in NY.Â Now whether or not he will take a hometown discount, remains to be seen.
If you were GM of the Mets, would you be interested in Marquis?Â If so, what would your top offer be?