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.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.