Rockies Aquire Marquis From Cubs

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The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luis Vizcaino.

“The addition of Jason to our ballclub brings us the veteran leadership and depth to our rotation that we have been seeking to add this offseason,” said Executive Vice President, General Manager Dan O’Dowd.

Marquis, 30, went 11-9 with a 4.53 ERA (167.0 ip, 84 er) in 29 games (28 starts) for the Central Division champion Chicago Cubs in 2008. Last season’s 11-win campaign marked his fifth consecutive double-digit-win season since 2004. The right-hander also logged 167 innings, giving him five straight seasons with at least that many innings pitched. He pitched into the sixth inning in 24 of his 28 starting assignments as well as each of his final 13 starts. Marquis appeared in Game 1 of the Division Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers as a reliever, allowing just one run. It marked his 10th postseason game, as his team has qualified for the playoffs in each of his first nine seasons in Major League Baseball.

A career .206 (91-for-441) hitter, Marquis has 5 home runs and 40 RBI in nine seasons in the National League. Last season he hit his first career grand slam and recorded a career-best 5 RBI on September 22 in New York against the Mets. His .306 lifetime slugging percentage currently ranks 9th among active pitchers with a minimum of 100 at-bats. Additionally, the left-handed swinging pitcher owns a career .231 (6-for-26) average as a pinch-hitter. He was the winner of the 2005 N.L. Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award for pitchers after hitting .310 (27-for-87) with one home run and 10 RBI.

Marquis has posted a record of 79-70 with a 4.55 ERA (1269.0 ip, 642 er) in 257 career games (198 starts) with Chicago-NL (2007-08), St. Louis (2004-06) and Atlanta (2000-03). He owns a 65-55 record since the start of the 2004 season, and his 65 victories in that span rank 7th among N.L. pitchers. The nine-year veteran brings with him an undefeated record to Coors Field, where he is 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA (28.2 ip, 8 er) in five games (4 starts). Marquis was originally selected by the Braves as a sandwich pick (between the first and second rounds) of the 1996 June Draft. He agreed to a three-year deal with the Cubs as a free agent prior to the 2007 season after spending the previous three years with the Cardinals.

Vizcaino, 34, went 1-2 with a 5.28 ERA (46.0 ip, 27 er) in 43 relief appearances in his first season in a Rockies uniform last season. The right-hander failed to appear in at least 65 games for the first time 2002, snapping a six-year streak. In 528 games, all a reliever, with Colorado (2008), New York-AL (2007), Arizona (2006), Chicago-AL (2005), Milwaukee (2002-04) and Oakland (1999-2001), Vizcaino is 34-27 with a 4.34 ERA (531.1 ip, 256 er) and seven saves.

The Rockies 40-man roster remains at 39 players.