And he’s been saying it for several months according to the New York Post. He was born on and still lives on Staten Island. He likes the ballpark. He’s buddies with former Brave and current Met Jeff Francoeur. Makes sense for him.
Does it make sense for the Mets? His late fade in 2009 might give them pause, but Marquis has been a pretty reliable if unspectacular starting pitcher for several years now. You’re probably going to get 30+ starts and close to 200 innings of at or around league average quality from him. He’s going to induce a ton of ground balls and he’s not going to give up many home runs. He’ll go through stretches where he gets shelled, sure, but he takes the ball when it’s his turn and he can even hit a little.
If you’re in on the Joel Piniero and Randy Wolf sweepstakes, you should probably be considering Marquis as well. And if you’re the Mets, any and all of them would constitute a massive upgrade from the non-Santana portion of their current rotation.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.