Jason Marquis Has A Family To Think About

Reader Crunch beat me to this by a couple minutes in the Comments, but Paul Sullivan of the Tribune writes that after making his Spring Training debut Saturday in a 6-2 Cubs loss to the Angels (2 runs, 3 hits allowed in 2 IP), Jason Marquis let it be known that he wants to be traded if the Cubs aren't going to let him start:

"I love Chicago. I definitely want to stay here...But I also signed as a starter...I love (Chicago), I love the fans, I love the stadium. I also have a family to worry about, too. I think I can take my services elsewhere...and help another team, in that capacity as a starter."

How Marquis's family would suffer if he was pitching long relief, I'm not sure.

Lou Piniella's response after he was informed of Marquis's comments:

"You know, that galls me about Marquis, it really does. I'm not pleased with that comment. We've had a good camp over here, everybody's getting an opportunity. Go out and win a spot in the rotation."

Sullivan also writes that Boston scout Keith Champion was at Saturday's game, which one might connect with the Cubs' reported interest in Coco Crisp. When Curt Schilling's latest injury came to light, Marquis's name came up as a possible trade target for Theo Epstein, but since the Sox recently signed The Pitcher Who Used To Be Bartolo Colon, their interest in Marquis might be less...if there was ever any to start with.

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Unless the Sox can find a couple a pair of Mo Vaughan's pants to sew togther I don't know how Colon can even dress. Marquis fed his family with the bloated contract he got last year. It's not the nFL

Marquis looks like he lost weight. Any team in particular that Marquis wants to go to so he can be left off their playoff rosters? Bad idea to piss off Lou too.

Lou didn't take kindly about Marquis' statements, Look like Marquis will be sent packing by Lou just like Barrett was. I expect a trade within a week. Bye bye Marquis. Hit The Road Jack..Be Gone!!!! Hello Coco Crisp! http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports_hardball/2008/03/lou-on-marquis.html

From MLBTR: Angelos Gives MacPhail Permission To Move Roberts This morning it was reported that the Cubs had two scouts at the Orioles' spring game yesterday to watch Brian Roberts. Now, several people have written in to let us know that Bruce Levine of ESPN 1000 is reporting that Peter Angelos has given Andy MacPhail the green light to trade Roberts. It has long been rumored that Angelos might have been holding up the trade to the Cubs because of his personal affection for Roberts. With Angelos' blessing, this deal may finally happen in the next few days.

I'm going to take the unpopular opinion here, because I think Marquis is a kick-ass #5 starter, several notches better than Dempster or Leiber. Not only does he always take the ball and post approximately a 500 wpct, but he does it consistently. He's consistently good half of the time. So basically, I think he has a case. He's being kind of whiny about it, but he's the best option for the Cubs.

And if he's really worried about his family, and this leads to a life of pitching long relief, I'll gladly sign over all my paychecks to him and his family. I'll take his long reliever salary.

Sure Ryno, but like Lou says, if he's the best option, shouldn't he be able to prove himself over the next four weeks? Why make a dumb-ass comment like that after the third game of spring training? When he was here in St. Louis, he didn't complain much, but he failed to complete his last two seasons with the Cardinals with even consistently mediocre performances. It wasn't a whole lot different last year, and I don't see why we should expect anything to change this year. Add in the attitude, and I say, pack your bags.

Way to put both feet in your mouth, Marquis. Don't mess with Lou, man. He's not Dusty Baker.

what a nitwit. he spouts off after 2 spring training innings. and is likely to get traded to boston. or baltimore. or even the angels for g m junior. and with the dh, he won't get to swing the bat. which is the most compelling reason for him to be a cub; he provides a wonderful contrast as a hitter to lilly, hill, dempster, and marshall. say hello to your number 5 starter, ryan dempster. as long as marquis fetches something valuable, i'm okay with it.

what were the questions is my question. Did he just go out and say something like this or did someone like Sullivan go and ask "well if you arent a starter, would you want to be traded". Marquis was shaky but he took the ball every 5 days.

I have got a family to think about as well, as in there is no way in hell I can subject them to watching this vastly over-paid whining bitch pitch...

lol... Maybe I should cover my kid's eyes when he pitches.

Well, too bad, bitch. You chose to sign here and for all we know he was never guaranteed a rotation spot for three years.

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