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Rockies to trade Vizcaino to Cubs for Marquis

"The Rockies' quest for rotation depth will bring them Jason Marquis. The team will acquire the veteran right-hander from the Chicago Cubs for reliever Luis Vizcaino, according to a baseball source with knowledge of the clubs' discussions.

The trade, which is expected to be announced next week and was first reported by ESPN, will bring the Rockies a back-of-the-rotation starter, something they have long been seeking, and rid them of a reliever who proved to be a huge disappointment in his only season with the club followed by a brush with the law.

With Marquis, 30, due to make $9.875 million next season in the final year of his contract, the Cubs felt they had to move him to gain payroll flexibility necessary to accomplish other roster needs. If Vizcaino rebounds and helps the Cubs, fine, but the Cubs will accomplish their objective of moving Marquis and freeing up about $5 million.

Vizcaino, 34, who signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract last December, has $3.5 million coming in salary next season followed by a $500,000 buyout on a $4 million club option. That option becomes guaranteed if Vizcaino pitches in 68 games next season and doesn't end it on the disabled list.

The Rockies are expected to receive around $1 million from the Cubs, who will also be responsible for the $4 million owed Vizcaino. Hence, the Rockies will have to pay Marquis about $5 million for one season and the Cubs will save roughly that amount.

Marquis went 11-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 29 starts last season. In five career appearances at Coors Field, Marquis is 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA, allowing eight earned runs in 28 2/3 innings.

Marquis, who began his career in the Atlanta organization, has pitched for the Braves, Cardinals and Cubs and is 79-70 lifetime with a 4.55 ERA.

Marquis profiles as a fourth or fifth starter in a Rockies rotation that also includes Aaron Cook, Ubaldo Jimenez, left-hander Jeff Francis and left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Others vying for the rotation include left-hander Greg Smith, acquired from Oakland last month in the deal that sent Matt Holliday to the A's, left-hander Franklin Morales and right-handers Jason Hirsh and Greg Reynolds."

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Marquis set to become a Rockie on Tuesday
By Patrick Saunders
The Denver Post
Posted: 01/05/2009 05:44:00 PM MST
Updated: 01/05/2009 06:41:37 PM MST


Right-handed starter Jason Marquis could officially become a Rockie as soon as Tuesday. MLB.com and Chicago-area media reported today that the trade that has Marquis coming to Colorado in exchange for reliever Luis Vizcaino is likely to become official on Tuesday. Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd wouldn't confirm the trade, saying that there are still "some issues to be resolved."

The Rockies have liked Marquis for some time and envision him as a solid fourth or fifth starter. The Rockies will trade the $4 million remaining on Vizcaino's contract for the $9.875 million left on Marquis' three-year deal. The Cubs are expected to eat about $1 million on Marquis' contract, leaving the Rockies to pay $4.875 million for one season for the 30-year-old pitcher.

The Rockies tried to work a deal for Marquis during the winter meetings last month, but Marquis" $9.875 million salary for 2009 was a stumbling block at that time.

Marquis went 11-9 with a 4.53 ERA last season in 29 games, all but one of them starts. Marquis is 79-70 with a 4.55 ERA in 257 games, including 198 starts, with the Braves, Cardinals and Cubs.

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Updated: January 6, 2009, 9:00 PM ET
Rockies deal Vizcaino for Cubs' Marquis

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies added depth to their rotation, acquiring durable right-hander Jason Marquis from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday for reliever Luis Vizcaino. The 30-year-old Marquis was 11-9 with a 4.53 ERA last season for the NL Central champion Cubs. The Rockies also receive cash as part of the deal.

Colorado has a solid core of starters in Aaron Cook, Jeff Francis and Ubaldo Jimenez. Marquis will likely compete for a spot at the back of the rotation with Jorge De La Rosa, Jason Hirsh, Franklin Morales, Greg Smith and Greg Reynolds.

Marquis has had double-digit wins in each of the last five seasons, surpassing 190 innings four times. He's also a capable hitter for a pitcher, with five home runs and 40 RBIs in his nine-year career.

"The addition of Jason to our ballclub brings us the veteran leadership and depth to our rotation that we have been seeking to add this offseason," Colorado general manager Dan O'Dowd said in a statement.

Colorado Rockies acquire Jason Marquis from Chicago Cubs - ESPN

Marquis in Colorado is gonna be quite interesting..
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