Toronto Blue Jays Trade Target: German Marquez
By Jeremy Wilks
The Blue Jays are in need of another starting pitcher. With the season vastly approaching, there is a lack of big names in the free-agent market. With the current rotation having several question marks beyond Hyun Jin Ryu, there are a ton of pitchers that the Toronto Blue Jays can target via trade.
One pitcher that has flown under the radar is Colorado Rockies pitcher, German Marquez. The Colorado Rockies appear to be heading towards a rebuild after trading superstar Nolan Arenado. Therefore, it should surprise no one if the Rockies decided to continue to add more and more prospects by trading Marquez.
You can argue that Marquez’s numbers have been inflated due to the fact that the ball flies out of the ballpark in Colorado. Not only is he performing at a high-level, but he also has a team-friendly contract that does not expire until 2025.
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At only 26 years of age, German has put together some solid seasons and pitches a ton of innings. With the lack of depth in the Blue Jays rotation, they could use a pitcher who is reliable and is going to give you close to 200 innings.
In the 2020 season, German started a National League-high 13 games and recorded a 3.75 ERA, 1.26 WHIP in a league-high 81.2 innings. These numbers are not going to blow you away, however they are definitely solid for a top-mid rotation pitcher.
The main reason why I believe German Marquez would be a great addition to the Blue Jays would be because he is an absolute workhorse.
If you look at the current Blue Jays rotation, there is a lot of pressure on Nate Pearson to perform and put up innings this year. With that being said, it is unrealistic to assume that Pearson is going to pitch anywhere close to 200 innings because well, he hasn’t done it yet.
If the Blue Jays are able to acquire Marquez, it will take a significant amount of pressure off Nate Pearson as Marquez has been able to consistently pitch innings in the past. Marquez was on pace to pitch around 200 innings last year, which is why it is certainly realistic that he can pitch in that vicinity this year if he is able to remain healthy.
Overall, Marquez is an intriguing option for the Jays as he would add depth to a rotation that lacks just that.
What do you think the Blue Jays would have to give up to acquire German Marquez?