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Padres add Twins castoff Jason Marquis to the rotation

Jun 6, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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Jason Marquis is back in the majors just two weeks after being released by the Twins for posting an 8.47 ERA in seven starts.

Marquis quickly signed a minor-league deal with the Padres, made one good start at Double-A, and will now join San Diego’s rotation tomorrow versus San Francisco.

As awful as Marquis looked in Minnesota–and there’s really no way to overstate how horrendously he pitched–going back to the National League and calling the majors’ most pitcher-friendly ballpark home is his best chance to rediscover some success.

He might be able to string together a dozen starts with a 4.50 ERA, which would be an upgrade over what the Padres got from fellow washed-up starter Jeff Suppan. And they’re on the hook for just a prorated share of the minimum salary, whereas the Twins paid $3 million for Marquis’ seven starts.

  1. icanspeel - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    And if he doesn’t work out.. there is always Jamie Moyer. The Padres must have a huge amount of players who have played for them this year, I wonder what the record is for most amount of different players on the 25 man roster.

    • scapistron - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      I’m surprised Marquis got the call before Moyer too.

  2. vanmorrissey - Jun 6, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Dozen starts with 4.50 ERA is twice the amount Padres put up (before Quentin) so how long will he really last?

  3. micker716 - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    The Pad’s need to get some arms healthy fast. Most of the kids on the farm aren’t quite ready and retreads like Marquis, Suppan and Ohlendorf aren’t the answer either.

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