Cubs Deal Marquis to Rockies

by Ben Cook on December 31, 2008

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly traded starting pitcher Jason Marquis to the Colorado Rockies for reliever Luis Vizcaino.

The move is largely a salary dump for the Cubs who will rid themselves of about $5 million of Marquis’ $9.5 million salary. The Rockies acquire an enigmatic starter who should eat some innings at the back of their rotation, and dump a reliever who had a 5.43 ERA and a DUI arrest in October.

There’s speculation that the Cubs’ savings will be used to sign free agent outfielder Milton Bradley. Bradley, who put up a .321 average and 22 home runs last year with the Rangers would provide the Cubs the outfield bat that they’ve been seeking.

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