Jason Marquis Wants To Be a Met (?)

According to Tracy Ringolsby, Jason Marquis has told his Colorado Rockies teammates that his goal is to sign with the New York Mets this winter. (Hat tip to Ed at MetsFever)

Intriguing report by Ringolsby, and if true, it is no doubt a goal based on economics.

Though Marquis is from Staten Island, we’re told he grew up a Yankees fan, so becoming a Met is not his childhood dream. There’s a possibility that Ringolsby is as confused as Jeff Francoeur. Just as likely, Marquis is smart enough to see that the Mets are in dire need of a solid innings-eater, will likely cheap lose out on the bidding for John Lackey, and in turn look to overpay for a pitcher on the rung below Lackey. Perhaps, someone who is coming off a career year, and therefore appears to be worth the overpayment.

Someone like Jason Marquis.

After all, the Mets overpaid to sign Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez, Scott Schoeneweis, and Francisco Rodriguez when those men were on the open market. They overpaid for Alex Cora, Tim Redding, Fernando Tatis, Pedro Martinez, Billy Wagner, and Carlos Beltran. Even when they did and then didn’t sign Yorvit Torrealba, it was for a higher rate than anyone else would give him. In fact, looking at their history since Omar Minaya took over as GM, they’ve overpaid for just about every free agent they signed — no matter what their talent level.

Knowing that, if I were a free agent, I’d also have the goal of getting signed by the Mets — it’s a near guarantee that I’d get more money and/or years than anyone else would offer.

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  1. Walnutz15 October 16, 2009 at 8:15 am
    Jay Marquis will:

    1) Be coming off a career-year,

    2) Be looking for as big a pay-day as the market will allow-for,

    3) Probably NOT be pursued by his favorite team of all-time (The Yanks), and

    4) Keep the fact that the Mets traditionally overpay for players’ services in the back of his (very intelligent) mind; and hope to drive up the price somehow.

    I have no doubt in my mind that Marquis would love to come home and play for one of the local-squads before his career’s through [if you gave him a flat-out “choice”, it’d be the Yankees, 600%] — and will one day be afforded the opportunity — but I doubt that this will be on the Mets radar screen this winter.

    They’ve already thrown a ton of money at Oliver Perez….and have a bunch of other guys they need to get looks at (to determine whether or not they’re going to be part of the rotation going forward — in a “dump-or-get-off-the-pot” capacity).

    Johan, Pelfrey, Maine, Perez, PITCHER-X, plus all the “#5″-types they’ll have auditioning for the very-back end of the rotation [Niese, etc.]/emergency starter fodder…..and I doubt you’ll have much of a pursuit of Marquis.

    One thing can’t be disputed…..he’s a productive inning-eater who routinely reaches the post-season — but rarely pitches in it.

    (Not to mention that he could probably come here, play a position like 2nd base, and bat within the first 6 slots in the order if he really wanted to…..lol)

  2. isuzudude October 16, 2009 at 9:25 am
    I want absolutely nothing to do with Jason Marquis this winter unless he’s willing to take a significant hometown discount, which I doubt. I hope like hell the Mets are on the same wavelength.
  3. gary s. October 16, 2009 at 11:04 am
    he fits the met overpay for mediocre player model.i’d say 24 mill for 3 should get him to sign up..just what we need.another overpaid back of the rotation guy.go get him omar!!!!
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