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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sources: Cubs, Rockies close to deal

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Marquis is close to getting a new major league home.

Sources tell ESPN that the Cubs and the Rockies are close to finalizing a trade that would send the right-handed Marquis to Colorado for right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino.

The 30-year-old Marquis was 11-9 for Chicago last season, with a 4.53 ERA in 167 innings. In his nine-year career he has a 79-70 record in stops including Atlanta, St. Louis and Chicago.

Vizcaino, 34, struggled in his first season in Colorado, pitching to a 5.28 ERA in 46 innings. His best season was in 2002 when he pitched 81 1/3 innings with a 2.99 ERA for the Milwaukee Brewers. In 10 major league seasons he has pitched for Oakland, Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox, Arizona, the New York Yankees and Colorado.

Marquis is due to make $9.875 million next season in the final year of a three-year, $21 million contract. Vizcaino will make $3.5 million next season and would be due $500,000 in 2010 if his contract is bought out.

The Denver Post reported that Chicago will pay $1 million of Marquis' salary to help facilitate a deal as Colorado would have to add just less than $5 million to its 2009 payroll to acquire Marquis.