Winter Meetings 2012: San Diego Padres Sign Jason Marquis

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESS

The San Diego Padres have made a move at the MLB Winter Meetings. The franchise has signed free agent pitcher Jason Marquis to a one-year deal worth about $3 million.

Marquis has started to become the journeyman starter toward the end of his career. The 34-year-old was designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins in May and then picked up by the Padres immediately after he was released. Marquis re-joins the Padres after recently spending some time with the Twins, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies.

Marquis is not a bad pitcher. He will help a young Padres rotation and more than likely will be the No. 3 starter. Over his 2012 season between the Twins and the Padres, Marquis was 8-11 with a 5.22 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 22 starts. He is coming off a bad season but there is a chance that he can recover and produce 10 wins for San Diego.

However, with Marquis’ age rising, his performance is starting to dwindle. He is long away from 15 wins and an ERA under four like he had when he was 25. The Twins signed him in 2012 on a one-year deal and designated him for assignment after only a few starts. There is no guarantee that Marquis will last the entire seasons with the Padres.

The Padres will come into the 2013 with a young rotation led by Edinson Volquez followed by Clayton Richard. Volquez was 11-11 with a 4.14 ERA and Richard was 14-14 with a 3.99 ERA. If either of those pitchers can cut down on the losses, the Padres could be a contender in the National League West.

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