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Twins close to agreement with free agent Jason Marquis

Dec 21, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

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According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Twins are nearing agreement on a contract with free agent right-hander Jason Marquis.

Marquis posted an underwhelming 4.43 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 23 starts between the Nationals and Diamondbacks in 2011, fanning only 76 batters and walking 43 across 132 innings before fracturing his right fibula on a comebacker in mid-August. He had a wretched 6.60 ERA in 58 2/3 innings in 2010.

Marquis should find better luck at Minnesota’s Target Field, an extreme pitcher’s park, but the 33-year-old is doubtful to suddenly become a dominant starter in his 13th MLB season. No word yet on the financial terms, nor the length of the deal that is being discussed.

  1. tuggingllamas - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    really twinkies? this is the best we can do?

  2. skolwild - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    It’s a Christmas Miracle! Thank you, Terry Ryan. Always working to bring the Twins back to late October!

  3. baseballisboring - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Joe and Justin who?

  4. Gonzo - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Sign him to a one year deal, hope he pitches well for the first 4 months, and use him as trade bait for minor leaguers. That’s the only way this works. Two year deal? Horrible.

  5. fmlizard - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    That’s crazy! You know, I was just thinking…if the Twins only would sign Jason Marquis they would totally be back in the playoffs next year. Probably World Series. Yay….!

  6. btwicey - Dec 22, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    Pavano 2.0

  7. durno99 - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Living off the dollar menu again! Your welcome for the stadium. Back to being tightwads like the old man. At least the Vikings spend to get players!!!!!$

  8. kopy - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    I can see the Twins getting 100 wins in 2012 now. A full season of Marquis is easily worth 63 WAR. Hopefully the Twins have other pitching for our playoff rotation though. Marquis can only pitch 4 games of a 7 game series.

  9. cintiphil - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    This just points out in MLB that there is desperation to find anyone who they can sign to try to win. Signing Marquis will do nothing for the Twins, and may have the effect of keeping a potential good player off of the roster. I am not sure of what the Twins are thinking about, but Marquis will not contribute to winning for them. It almost seems like they don’t have the money to sign big money players who can contribute, so lets just sign someone cheap to try to show we are doing “something”. Bad move!

  10. dcfan4life - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Jason Marquis was not that bad last year guys. This is not a top notch signing but it isnt a bad one. Getting a 4th or 5th solid starter is harder than you all think.

    • cintiphil - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:22 AM

      You have to be joking. If he is in the starting rotation, I would be surprised. If so, then he is the 5th at best.

      • dluxxx - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM

        Have you seen the Twins pitching staff lately? He’s better than either Nick Blackburn or Anthony Swarzack (most likely internal option for starter if they move Dunsing back to the pen as expected). Marquis is a place holder until one of Hendricks/Wimmers/Gibson is ready to step in. If he exceeds expectations, great. If he stinks it up, then he does, but unless they sign him to a muli-year deal, this isn’t a horrible move. If Twins fans (myself included) thought we were going to be getting a Yu Darvish or a C.J. Wilson, then we were deluding ourselves.

    • JBerardi - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

      100 loss teams don’t need to spend free agent money to improve their 4th or 5th roster slots. What’s the point, to get to 97 losses?

      • Tim OShenko - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        Hey! Technically, they were only at 99 losses last year. With Marquis, they have could bring that down to 95, easily.

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