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Twins sign Jason Marquis to one-year, $3 million contract

Dec 22, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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Minnesota has filled the final spot in its rotation with Jason Marquis, signing the veteran right-hander to a one-year deal worth $3 million.

By replacing Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel with Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit the Twins saved a ton of money for 2012 and beyond, but they also sliced their payroll from $115 million to a projected $100 million.

That and dumping Kevin Slowey on the Rockies left them shopping in the bargain bin for rotation help and Marquis is more or less what you get for $3 million, although it’s worth noting that Slowey will make just $2.7 million in Colorado.

Marquis can’t really be called an innings-eater because he’s missed so much time with injuries over the past few seasons, but he’s had an ERA between 4.00 and 4.60 in four of the past five years and fits the Twins’ pitch-to-contact mold as a ground-ball guy with meager strikeout rates.

  1. test2402 - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    The twins should sign Tim Tebow.

    • dwrek5 - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      Im sure it would be blocked by David Stern.

      • diehardcubbiefan4life - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:18 PM

        references to 2 different sports?! this is a baseball blog! 😀

  2. Detroit Michael - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    For comparable dollars probably, I’d guess that Kevin Slowey (outside of Coors Field) would have done better. Too bad the Twins couldn’t have repaired that relationship.

    • kopy - Dec 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      It’s Slowey’s fault for sleeping with the spouse of every sports media member in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.

  3. cerowb - Dec 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    I’m not quite sure I want to live in a world where Jason Marquis makes $3 million a year. Doing some serious soul-searching, put me on watch!

  4. cintiphil - Dec 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    At the price of players today, 3 mil is not much. At least the Twins knew enough not to sign him for more than a year. This way when they cut him in August, it will not hurt so much.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Marquis has basically begged to pitch in NYC every time he has been a free agent, and both the Yankees and Mets are looking for bargain basement types. Poor guys just can’t catch a break. Well, except for getting paid $3MM to do what he does. Other that THAT, he can’t catch a break.

  6. dluxxx - Dec 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    God, in that picture he actually looks like Pavano. I know he’s bargain basement, but hopefully he can have a good enough half year to become mid-season trade bait…

  7. jwbiii - Dec 22, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Another porn ‘stache. The new market inefficiency?

  8. imaginesuperbowlwin - Dec 22, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Who the hell is Jason Marquis?!? Is this our new “marquee” starter?

  9. jollyjoker2 - Dec 22, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    The twins are tied up in Joe Mauer with a quarter of the payroll. Big mistake. A tall catcher that is likely to blow out his knees that doesnt hit for power. I would have like to see the 25 mill per year spent on a number of positions in need of upgrading. too bad. Its going to be a hard haul for the twins.

    • Beau - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:07 PM

      Mauer doesn’t hit home runs. He still hits for power.

    • cintiphil - Dec 23, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      You may have a good point here. Probably why the Cardinals didn’t pay Albert the 25 mil he got. He already has a bad ankel, knee or what else he has, is injury prone, and is older than Mauer. That could cost the Angles more than the Mauer deal.

  10. mplsjoe - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Worst. Offseason. Ever.

    • puppykicker - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:08 PM

      this is actually one of the Twins best offseasons in the past few years. its good to have Terry Ryan back

      • azvikefan - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM

        If you mean best offseasons by number of signings instead of quality of signings, then yes.
        They haven’t done shit for the past few years.

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