"If he can win 15 ballgames and pitch 200 innings, he's a good guy for us."
So said Cubs GM Jim Hendry on December 19, 2006, the day that Jason Marquis agreed to a 3-year/$21 million free agent deal that brought the pitcher to Chicago from St. Louis.

On Tuesday, the Cubs and Rockies completed the deal that sends Marquis to Colorado in exchange for reliever Luis Vizcaino. While Marquis failed to reach the 15-win or 200-IP thresholds in either of his seasons with the Cubs, he did a respectable job—maybe a more than respectable job—for a #5 starter type of guy.

Marquis's two-season Cub totals:

23 wins, 18 losses, 358 2/3 IP in 63 starts (about 5 2/3 IP per start), 200 K, 146 BB

More impressive: Marquis's Cub ERA was 4.57, which was dead even with the National League average ERA for 2007-08--again, not too bad for a #5 guy.

Finally, to put Marquis's performance in context, here is a list of NL pitchers who, over the past two years, posted a cumulative ERA+ of 95-105 while throwing at least 350 innings. (ERA+ of 100 = league average; higher ERA+ is better.) The pitcher's two-year salary is listed last.
  1. Jeff Francis (COL) 104 $3.75MM
  2. Jamie Moyer (PHI) 104 $12.5MM
  3. Bronson Arroyo (CIN) 102 $8.7MM
  4. Jason Marquis (CUBS) 100 $11.125MM
  5. Paul Maholm (PITT) 99 $827,500
  6. Greg Maddux (SD) 96 $20MM
  7. Braden Looper (STL) 95 $10MM
  8. Ian Snell (PITT) 95 $843,000
Stats and salary info from Baseball-Reference.com.


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