PADS READY TO DEAL PEAVY TO CUBS
The Cubs signed Jason Marquis to a 3-year, $21 million contract as he was coming off a season in which he had one of the worst ERAs in the league. I wrote at the time: “He’s merely a rehab project; a very costly one at that.” It turns out he might cost them more than just dollars.
“The Cubs continue to seek a landing spot for right-hander Jason Marquis, whose $9.875 million salary would need to be cleared to create payroll flexibility for the addition of a left-handed hitter and/or Peavy. The Cubs tried to interest the Phillies in Marquis, but received only lukewarm interest.”
So there you have it. When teams with huge payrolls finally have to tighten the belt, poor free-agent signings come home to roost. Clubs can be hindered from obtaining another player, maybe even a Jake Peavy. This may never affect the Yanks or Red Sox, but the Cubs are feeling it right now.
Who knows what will become of Marquis? But the Padres are ready to deal Peavy to the Cubs. How bad would it be if Jason Marquis was the obstacle?