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Padres sign Jason Marquis, send him to Double-A

May 29, 2012, 7:42 PM EST

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Padres have signed right-hander Jason Marquis, who was released by the Twins earlier this week after posting an 8.47 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in seven starts.

Marquis will report to the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in Tucson and attempt to prove he’s got something left.

The 33-year-old right-hander currently owns a 4.63 career ERA, 5.2 career K/9 and 1.44 career WHIP.

San Diego’s Petco Park is a pitcher’s haven, but so is Minnesota’s Target Field. And he allowed a whopping 33 hits in 21 1/3 innings there.

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UPDATE, 8:07 PM: MLB.com’s Corey Brock confirms that the Padres have signed Marquis to a minor league contract. He has been assigned to Double-A San Antonio, not Triple-A Tucson.

  1. icanspeel - May 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Besides Petco.. The Padres is a great place to go for struggling pitchers thanks to Darren Balsley and Bud Black. It’s like having 2 pitching coaches on the team.

    • gloccamorra - May 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      The pitching coach in San Antonio will have to do something before the dynamic duo of Black & Balsley get a crack at him. This signing may only have to do with some AA pitchers moving up to AAA and there being a need for an innings eater to replace them.

      Then again, that’s why Suppan was signed, and after 4 starters and a swingman hit the DL, he ended up in the rotation. Both Suppan and Stults have staggered recently, so Marquis may yet be back in the Show.

  2. cptnew1 - May 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    I remember when he was here in STL. Never a real star, but had some decent years. A very good guy to the fans as well. Hope he can have another run at it.

  3. pisano - May 30, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Another Padre blockbuster signing, one can hope Phil can buy this club, as they have no chance at being respectable with the present ownership.

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