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Twins ready to kick Jason Marquis to the curb

May 21, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

Jason Marquis AP’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Twins are set to designate Jason Marquis for assignment after he gave up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings Sunday against the Brewers.

Marquis, 33, is 2-4 with an 8.47 ERA in eight starts since signing a one-year, $3 million deal with Minnesota. His only two quality starts came against AL lightweights Kansas City and Seattle, and he has a 12/14 K/BB ratio in 34 innings.

It was a surprise that any AL teams considered Marquis over the winter given his subpar stuff and poor history in interleague games. He had a 5.50 ERA against AL teams during his NL career.

With Marquis’s Twins tenure apparently over, the team could consider moving Francisco Liriano back to the rotation as a replacement. It seems kind of soon to start jerking him around again already, though. Middle reliever Anthony Swarzak would seem to be the more likely rotation candidate. Triple-A Rochester’s Cole DeVries is another possibility.

As for Marquis, a return to the NL seems like a given. The Cubs could have some interest in bringing him back.

  1. diehardcubbiefan4life - May 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Would make sense for us, although let’s see what Travis Wood brings to the table first

  2. Ben - May 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Looks like the deck chairs need to be rearranged. Again.

  3. Cris E - May 21, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Drew Butera is READY!

    • Tim OShenko - May 21, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      I’m all for this. The Twins at this point really do have nothing to lose, might as well groom Butera for the starting rotation. Even if they’re still bad, at least this way they can be hilariously bad.

    • wlschneider09 - May 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      Great, let’s move Butera to another position where he has no chance of hitting up to the league average.

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