Jason Marquis for Luis Vizcaino Trade

Andrew GodfreyCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2009

DENVER - JULY 11:  Starting pitcher Jason Marquis #21 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the Atlanta Braves during MLB action at Coors Field on July 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Jason Marquis became the first major league pitcher to win 12 games on Sunday in a 6-1 defeat of the San Diego Padres.

The Chicago Cubs' front office did not have a good offseason, but one of their worst deals was trading Marquis to the Colorado Rockies for Luis Vizcaino.

While Marquis was winning yet another game yesterday, Vizcaino pitched only three-and-one-thirds innings for the Cubs before being designated for assignment in May.

Vizcaino was originally signed by the Indians on May 14, but was released on July 1 after walking 12 and striking out 12 in 15 innings.

The Cubs had signed Milton Bradley a day earlier, and the Cubs were in a salary dumping mood so they traded Marquis and his $9.8 million contract for that of Vizcaino who was to be paid $3.5 million. The Cubs will be paying $875,000 of the Marquis contract according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

The Bradley deal has not worked out well since he is currently hitting .239, which is 13th on the team. He has hit only one home run and drove in seven runs since May 27 and has hit .225 for the month of July.

The Cubs had traded more salary to the Cleveland Indians on the last day of 2008, when they traded Mark DeRosa for three prospects including Jeff Stevens who is currently pitching for the Cubs.

DeRosa hit 13 homers and drove in 50 runs while with the Indians before being traded to the Cardinals for Chris Perez and a player to be named later.

The Cubs general manager dumped a lot of salary to be able to sign Bradley and the Cubs have felt the effects of that signing all season.

They not only signed a player in Bradley who has not performed well all season, but they no longer have Mark DeRosa, one of the most versatile players in the majors, or Jason Marquis, the winningest pitcher in the majors.

To compound the problem, they signed Milton Bradley to a three year contract worth $30 million.

Bradley is currently ranked eighth on the Cubs in runs batted in with 21. Also, Bradley is homering once every 37 at bats, while Carlos Zambrano has hit a homer in every 14 at bats. The pitcher's three homers are half as many as the six Bradley has hit.

The Cubs probably will keep trotting Bradley out into the outfield while Jake Fox, who I admit is an atrocious outfielder, only gets an occasional start, is hammering the ball.

Fox has batted only 86 times and already has five homers and 19 RBI. Compare that to Bradley who has batted 222 times and has just one more homer than Fox and two more RBI.

To sum up: the Cubs have traded away a solid hitter in DeRosa, the pitcher with the most wins in the majors in Marquis, and so far have only Jeff Stevens to show for the two trades since Vizcaino is out of Major League Baseball as of today.


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