Marquis for Vizcaino Swap Finalized
Luis Vizcaino (AP)
Luis Vizcaino (AP)

Posted Jan 6, 2009

The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies have finalized a trade that had been rumored for days. Chicago sent RHP Jason Marquis to Colorado for right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino Tuesday.

Marquis is scheduled to make $9,875,000 in 2009. The Cubs are believed to be picking up $1 million of Marquis’ 2009 salary, according to multiple media reports.

Vizcaino is scheduled to make $3.5 million with a 2010 $4 million club option.

The move is the latest in a busy month for the Cubs, perceived to be looking to dump payroll after reportedly reaching a 3-year, $30 million deal with free agent outfielder Milton Bradley – a switch-hitter that provides the left-handed bat that Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry has been looking for since before the Winter Meetings.

Chicago recently traded second baseman Mark DeRosa to Cleveland for three pitching prospects and also finalized a deal for second baseman Aaron Miles, also a switch-hitter, worth $4.9 million over two years. DeRosa is scheduled to make $5.5 million in 2009.

Marquis, 30, was 11-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 2008 while making 28 starts. He has posted double-digit victories in each of the past five seasons.

Vizcaino, 34, made 43 appearances with Colorado in 2008, finishing 1-2 with a 5.28 ERA in 46 innings.

Related Stories
More Moves Anticipated
 -by  Jan 5, 2009
No Christmas Presents for Cubs Fans This Year
 -by  Dec 27, 2008
Cubs Still Searching for Left-handed Bat
 -by  Dec 5, 2008

> Members-only Forums
> Insider Information
> MiLB &
   MLB Draft News
> Expert Chats

Sign Up Today!

Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
SP Jason Marquis (profile)
P Luis Vizcaino (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Baseball > Chi Cubs
Baseball > Colorado
Baseball > Tottenville HS > Alumni
[View My HotList]