The question remains: Do the Mets want him?
The answer is yes. The Mets have always liked him. Last year, they were in talks with the Chicago Cubs to bring him here. Would have been better than signing Oliver Perez.
During the regular season, Jason Marquis made it perfectly to one player on the New York Mets that he wants nothing more than to come here to New York to pitch and not for the Yankees.
As a New York native himself, he would love nothing more. The Mets have spoken to his agent about his chances of moving to the Citi.
Yet you have to wonder how much of a priority is Marquis when you have free agents out there like John Lackey.
Well think about this:
Lackey is a Type A free agent. In other words, you will have to give up your first draft pick to sign him plus a “sandwich” pick between the first and second rounds. With the Mets farm system not as strong as we, or the Mets themselves, would like, can the Mets afford Lackey? In a sense you are making your farm system worse.
Marquis is a Type B free agent. Should the Mets choose to sign him, they will only be giving up a “sandwich” pick. Not that big of a deal, right?
Well, do you want to give up any picks for an average pitcher because that is exactly what you will be getting in return. I mean, Marquis only has a 4.48 career ERA with a 94-83 record. It’s nothing stellar.
One advantage to signing him is that he is among the best hitting pitchers in the majors. He does have a Silver Slugger from 2005.
If I were Omar Minaya, I would be asking if the dimensions at Citi Field will make him a better pitcher. Two of his best years pitching were while he was with Atlanta and St. Louis where his ERA was slightly over 3. He is 30 years old. He is not that old.
If it were me, I might take a chance on him if I knew that I was not able to get John Lackey. I am only worried about his walks. Last year alone he walked 80 batters in 216 innings. I hate pitchers who walk batters. It always bites them in the ass at some point during the game.
So the last two questions are: How much do you pay him? How long do you sign him for?
Source: MLB.com and Baseball-Reference.com