A few weeks ago when it was thought the Arizona Diamondbacks should be out looking for another starting pitcher, the name Jason Marquis came up. I immediately thought it was a great idea. Then, the chatter died and the thought of maybe getting another starter died. Then came this afternoon. The Arizona Diamondbacks finally made a move and didn’t have to give up much to get their man. Jason Marquis is now an Arizona Diamondback.
This season Marquis is a very serviceable 8-5 with an ERA of 3.95 with the Washington Nationals. Marquis will be the guy the Dbacks have been looking for to solidify a recently shaky back end of the rotation. Zach Duke was relegated to the bullpen, a place he seems to better in. Micah Owings has been serviceable in his starts, however, he seems to be more comfortable in the bullpen and also isn’t a guy that can consistently give you six to seven innings every start. Marquis can do that. Marquis is averaging six innings per start this season.
To give up Marquis, the Dbacks only gave up minor leaguer Zachary Walters. No offense to Walters, but thank God it was not a top tier guy. So far Kevin Towers has stuck to his promise of not giving up the future. This move not only keeps the future in tact from a prospect vantage point, but also Marquis is a guy that could help for years to come.