Jason Marquis, 30, is 6-3 with a 4.55 ERA (105 ERA+) in nine starts. The Rockies (18-26) are 12 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. [Link]
Beerleaguer: This is the second time Marquis' name has surfaced in connection with the Phillies, the other during the Winter Meetings when the Cubs and Padres were discussing Jake Peavy. Marquis has settled comfortably into being your basic league average starter, and as far as the Phillies are concerned, there's something to be said for that. Statistically, at the end of the day, aside from K/BB ratio, there isn't a whole lot separating Marquis from Brett Myers. The question is whether he's enough of a difference maker for a team planning on making another run at the World Series. In this case, yes, but it's stretching it. He's good enough to be the Phillies' third starter in a playoff series, bumping either Joe Blanton or Jamie Moyer out. He's having a surprisingly good season for Colorado, lasting seven or more innings in six of his nine starts. The Rockies are on the hook for $5 million of his salary. He's a free agent after the season.