Marquis interested in joining Mets? No thanks.

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Jason Marquis is probably more focused on helping the Rockies get to the World Series right now, but Jeff Francoeur told the New York Post that his close friend “desperately” wants to pitch for the Mets next season:

“He’d love to come here,” Francoeur — who indicated Marquis broached the subject to him and David Wright earlier this month when the Mets played at Colorado — said before last night’s 11-3 Atlanta win at Citi Field.

“He’d be a great fit. He’s from Staten Island. He’s a New York type
of guy. He’ll probably be coming off the best season he’s ever had.”

Exactly why the Mets shouldn’t sign him. Marquis is quite the good luck charm — his teams have reached
the postseason in nine straight seasons — but he has a 4.46 career ERA
over ten seasons. And even in his “career year,” Marquis has a 4.15 ERA
since the All-Star break. This is the case of a back-end starting pitcher being severely overrated
based on 15 wins. If there is a more likely candidate to be a free-agent bust, please let me know.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.