At 31, he has mileage left. He was an All-Star last season, so we know there is talent. He’s 94-83 during his ten-year career, which is the definition of a middle-tier pitcher the Mets reportedly will pursue this winter.
And, Jason Marquis, who grew up in Staten Island, told Bart Hubbuch of the Post he wants to play with the Mets.
“There’s definitely interest there,’’ Marquis said. “We’ll see what direction they want to go. … It would always be nice to come back home and represent your hometown.’’
Marquis went as far as to call it an “honor’’ to pitch for the Mets.
But will he?
The Mets have him below John Lackey and Joel Pineiro in their pecking order, but Lackey is a long shot at best.
For what it would take to sign Matt Holliday and probably Lackey, the Mets could sign both Pineiro and Marquis.
Stockpiling arms would be the way to go for the Mets, who have serious questions from two-through-five in their rotation.
Will Mike Pelfrey rebound and progress or continue to slide?
Is John Maine healthy enough for a full season?
Will Oliver Perez ever cash his potential check?
None of these will be answered until the season starts, and by that time will the Mets be able to scramble to put together a rotation?
They proved they couldn’t last season.