Twins, Jason Marquis Nearing Deal

The Twins are nearing a deal with free agent starter Jason Marquis, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). ACES represents the 33-year-old right-hander.

Marquis made 23 starts for the Nationals and Diamondbacks this past season, finishing the year with a 4.43 ERA in 132 innings. His rate stats (5.2 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 55.1% ground ball rate) were right in line with his career averages (5.2 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 50.4% ground ball rate) and his average fastball checked in at 89.3 mph.

Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Brian Duensing and Anthony Swarzak are options for the Twins' rotation in 2012. Liriano may be able to bounce back from an up-and-down 2011 season, but the Twins will need improvement from others as well if their rotation is to become respectable in 2012. Twins starters finished the 2011 season with a 4.64 ERA (26th in MLB) and 5.8 K/9 (28th in MLB) in 961 innings (21st in MLB).

The Mets also had interest in the New York native this offseason. Marquis signed a two-year, $15MM contract with Washington when he hit free agency after the 2009 season.


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Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

meh

vtadave
3 years 7 months ago

Well they do need another starter, but Marquis?

3 years 7 months ago

Ehh. He’s been knocked around by the AL in his career, don’t really like this deal.

$21002046
3 years 7 months ago

Super! A .500 pitcher, who turns 34 next year and doesn’t miss many bats. Print those World Series tickets.

3 years 7 months ago

Yep. Its the sequel to the Livan Hernandez signing of 2008.

3 years 7 months ago

Hope he starts of 6-0 like Livan did…and you know the rest of the story.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 7 months ago

Thought he would take a low low deal just to fulfill his dream of pitching in new york.

FS54
3 years 7 months ago

New York teams should also be interested in signing him , right?

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I’m sure at least one New York team was interested… namely the Long Island Ducks.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 7 months ago

The mets for sure i thought.

3 years 7 months ago

It figures.

The one free agency prediction I guess right is one that does not count. SMH.

link to mlbtraderumors.com

3 years 7 months ago

Dang good call.. I bet it was tough for the Twins to pass on Francis.

twins33
3 years 7 months ago

Hard to not see something like this coming.  Would have been better off not spending the money than doing this.

3 years 7 months ago

No I wanted Pineiro!! He must have been out of the Twins price range…. seriously Ryan has too much fun dumpster diving for pitchers. 

3 years 7 months ago

It was probably Pineiro’s injury from last season that scared the Twins off.

3 years 7 months ago

The sad thing is you are probably right it was the injury and not his ability that scared them away. 

northsfbay
3 years 7 months ago

A back of the rotation starter. I wouldn’t pay too much for him.

hallwagner
3 years 7 months ago

he was pretty awesome for the nats last year, good back of the rotation guy, but i guess he’d be front for the twins. when his sinker is on he is nasty, but when it’s not he gets rocked

3 years 7 months ago

Sounds like Blackburn except even when his sinker is on he is not nasty and it is never on.

MNTwins12
3 years 7 months ago

Scott Baker
Carl Pavano
Francisco Liriano
Jason Marquis
Nick Blackburn / Anthony Swarzak

3 years 7 months ago

I vote Swarzak!

3 years 7 months ago

Ide almost rather see them hand the spot to Liam Hendriks cant be much more than Blackie or Swarzak and defiantly has more upside.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly, his sinker is his key to success.

3 years 7 months ago

This is basically like signing a RP. Brain D to the bullpen with no upgrade to the rotaition.

Rashomon
3 years 7 months ago

I think Brian D is already a given in the pen, maybe this means that Blackburn is going there too.

3 years 7 months ago

Who do you think will be the 5th starter? Swarzak? If it came down to that I’d probably rather have Blackburn in the rotation I guess.

Rashomon
3 years 7 months ago

Right now I’m clinging to the fantasy that they sign or trade for a real pitcher. I like Marquis as a #5. I watched him last year in Washington and he had some big games.

3 years 7 months ago

Maybe Harden? 1.5 Mill with incentives. If it doesn’t pan out because of injury…no biggie, it aint my $.

Rashomon
3 years 7 months ago

I would guess Harden would cost at least 4-5m. I would like someone who can throw some heat.

3 years 7 months ago

If this deal is for more than $3 Mil, then its hard to see it working well.

I mean, Marquis was torched when he went to the Diamondbacks and this will be his first AL team.

I know they see Gutierrez as a reliever, but wouldn’t they have been better off giving him a shot? Or what about Jeff Manship and his good curveball?

If I had to guess, this will probably be more Livan Hernandez than Carl Pavano, results wise.

hallwagner
3 years 7 months ago

low to mid 4’s era (hernandez) is worth about 8 mil in todays market, no joke

hallwagner
3 years 7 months ago

not saying he will get nearly that much

3 years 7 months ago

Let’s just hope for no Sidney Ponson flashbacks. 

3 years 7 months ago

Oh man. I completely forgot about that one. That and Ramon Ortiz.

Too many scary memories there.

3 years 7 months ago

I forgot about Ramon Ortiz. I don’t know which one was worse either. 

3 years 7 months ago

Terry Mullholland and Kenny Rogers!

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

I would still prefer a Sidney Ponson on a minor league deal over Marquis with any guaranteed money.

Marquis, in the AL? counting on him as a rotational starter?

I mean.. Like what are the Twins trying to do here? Isn’t there one medicore guy at AAA ready for a try? Not trying to torch them here, but come on, this guy is awful enough on an NL team.. They might of well gotten hold of Paul Byrd, even Wake and his knuckler…

3 years 7 months ago

Paul Byrd was a Twins killer. 

Darin Clouse
3 years 7 months ago

Gardy is the real Twins killer. Just watch what Kubel and Cuddyer do this year. Nathan on the other hand…washed up. Not sure which is the dumber deal signing Nathan or bidding $30 million more than the next team for Darvish.

3 years 7 months ago

I am going Darvish. 

nick1538
3 years 7 months ago

we will see…  Darvish put up some ridiculous numbers and he is only 25 years old.  This isn’t Dice-K.  I would worry about his work-load, but that isn’t something to Rangers worry about.  

3 years 7 months ago

They are going to have a lot of money invested in him. If he doesn’t work out it could be huge. 

$21002046
3 years 7 months ago

Typical Twins low risk even lower reward deal. The guy hasn’t lasted a full season either of the last two years. His chances aren’t any better a year older. With half a bullpen, the Twins will benefit greatly from another 5 inning starter who can’t crack 90 MPH!

3 years 7 months ago

My thoughts exactly it seems like if you throw over 90 the Twins have no interest under 90 they are willing to shell out the dough.. watch out for Jamie Moyer!

nick1538
3 years 7 months ago

Ho hum…  a typical Twins move.  Jose Mijares signing with the Royals might be a bigger move for them! 

3 years 7 months ago

The Royals grocery bill just went up. 

3 years 7 months ago

Pretty unspectacular off-season so far for the Twins. I thought bringing Capps back to be closer was bad enough, but signing Jason Marquis is about as useless. Sure, he’ll eat a boatload of innings – but not many of them will be worthwhile. Twins would have been better off keeping Slowey at this point. Looks like another long, LONG season ahead – hello 5th place!

3 years 7 months ago

I guess it’s just me, but this hasn’t exactly been a bad off-season. They signed Willingham for $10.5MM less than Cuddyer, filled two major holes in the lineup, and re-signed a good reliever when healthy.

3 years 7 months ago

I can’t take another season of watching Matt Crapps pitch and blow saves. I really hope he turns it around and becomes Matt Capps again.

3 years 7 months ago

It’s almost guaranteed that the Twins won’t pick up his option if he has another year like he did last year. Capps was injured last year, so that may be a big reason as to why he preformed how he did. 

3 years 7 months ago

He wasn’t bad when he first came over in the trade I hope he can get back to that. 

3 years 7 months ago

How many holes did they fill, net total?  Set aside the merit of each move and focus on body count.  IF 38 year old Jamey Carroll can play a full season (what are the odds?) at SS or 2b, that’s one hole filled.  Then they created a hole and filled it by swapping Doumit in for Thome.  They created another hole and filled it by replacing Cuddyer with JWill.  They created another hole and filled it by replacing Slowey with Marquis.  They created a hole in middle relief by replacing Nathan with Capps.  They created a hole by letting Kubel leave.  They created a hole by letting Mijares leave. 

Again, merit aside, that’s two net holes created, not filled.

gursk1989
3 years 7 months ago

eh whatever team he is on seems to always make the playoffs… thats something, right?

Darin Clouse
3 years 7 months ago

Trade for A J Burnett. He would be the ace of the staff. No more New York pressure to screw him up. Perfect place for him to turn it around.

3 years 7 months ago

Morneau for Burnett.

A real headache swap.

3 years 7 months ago

Ya if he would just take about 10 million less. 

Darin Clouse
3 years 7 months ago

That would be if New York would pick up nearly half of $33 million left for the 2 years. Throw in a couple of low level prospects done.

jhawk90
3 years 7 months ago

yawn – still holding out for the Astros to realize a) they aren’t getting their ridiculous demands for Wandy and b) they be broke.  I fear Ryan is still focused on dumpster diving for a back-up plan to this move.

pmc765
3 years 7 months ago

Further dramatic evidence that the Twins are no longer the Twins.

Gone: Nathan, Cuddyer, Kubel, Delmon Young, JJ Hardy.

Diminished: Mauer, Morneau, Span.

Replacements: Willingham, Marquis, Carroll.

The rest of the AL Central no longer fears this team. This roster couldn’t win half its games in that ridiculous dome that so unnerved visiting teams.

sonofkenny
3 years 7 months ago

Not a bad move. Marquis is a competent pitcher…and it has the added benefit of pushing Duensing to the bullpen where he can be very effective. Perkins and Duensing in the pen…starting to look better there. Marquis will be solid, but the Twins still need an ace. I guess they are hoping for an offensive resurgence this year to make up for pitching deficiencies. The starting 9 is actually looking pretty solid – assuming they can stay relatively healthy (a big if). I still have hopes Baker will break out and become the ace they have been looking for…he has the talent!