Twins, Marquis close to reaching deal
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins are close to reaching an agreement with free-agent starting pitcher Jason Marquis, according to a FoxSports.com report.
The Twins, however, have not commented on the report.
Marquis, 33, posted a 4.43 ERA in 23 starts with the Nationals and D-backs last season. He also struck out 76, walked 43 and allowed 11 homers in 132 innings.
The right-hander has a career 4.55 ERA in 12 seasons with the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Rockies, Nationals and D-backs.
Marquis would fill a need as a back-of-the-rotation starter, as left-hander Brian Duensing remains a likely candidate to be moved to the bullpen this season.
Twins starters combined to post the third-worst ERA in the American League last season (4.64) while striking out just 617 batters in 961 innings.
– Rhett Bollinger