|Hot Stove: RHP Jason Marquis appears headed back to Padres||12.03.12 at 11:38 am ET|
Right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis reportedly has a one-year deal worth $3 million to return to the Padres.
Marquis, 34, started the 2012 season with the Twins but was designated for assignment after posting an 2-4 record and 8.47 ERA in seven starts. After joining the Padres, he recorded a 6-7 record and 4.04 ERA in 15 starts. For the year, he had 91 strikeouts and 42 walks in 127 2/3 innings. He allowed 23 home runs.
In 13 years with eight teams, Marquis has a career record of 112-109 with a 4.60 ERA and 1,065 strikeouts.
|Monday’s Red Sox-Twins matchups: Jon Lester vs. Jason Marquis||04.23.12 at 8:39 am ET|
With Sunday night’s game against the Yankees getting rained out and his bullpen in shambles, Bobby Valentine announced that the Red Sox will be skipping Daniel Bard’s start in the rotation so that he will be available in the bullpen before his next scheduled start. This means that Jon Lester, coming off of a disastrous start against the Rangers last week, will make his scheduled start opposite Twins right-hander Jason Marquis.
Lester made just just one game against Twins last season, an 11-6 loss at Target Field, where he went 7 1/3 innings and gave up four earned runs on eight hits and five walks. The start falls in line with Lester’s career numbers against the Twins, against whom he’s gone 1-3 with a 4.71 ERA in seven starts.
After starting the season with two strong outings, giving up just four runs over 15 innings, Lester imploded against the Rangers. Lester was out of the game in the third inning, in which he failed to record an out, but not before surrendering seven runs on the day. In all, it took Lester 80 pitches to record just six outs.
Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, the two Twins who have done the most damage against Lester in the past are both recovering from disastrous seasons. Morneau, who missed most of the 2011 to a variety of ailments, hasn’t been the same player since sustaining a concussion that forced him to miss much of the 2010 season. Mauer, meanwhile, struggled through the 2011 season with a range of issues after undergoing knee surgery but is batting .316 this season. Meanwhile, Denard Span looks to continue to be a thorn in the Red Sox’ side. In addition to his solid numbers against Lester, Span is a .349 hitter against the Red Sox over his career.
Out of the gate, the Twins have struggled to score runs as a team, a welcome sign for a Red Sox pitching stuff that has come under fire. The Twins have scored the third-least runs in the American League with 58, 12 fewer than the Red Sox. The Twins offense has been largely stagnant despite the fact that they rank fifth in the AL in batting average with a mark of .257.
Marquis has been in the league since 2000 but has made just four regular-season starts against the Red Sox. Having spent most of his career in the National League, Marquis made his most recent regular-season start against the Red Sox back in 2002. Marquis also faced the Red Sox twice in the 2004 World Series, once as a starter and once out of the bullpen for the Cardinals. In his Game 2 appearance, Marquis appeared in relief and pitched a scoreless seventh inning in the 6-2 Red Sox victory. In his Game 4 start, Marquis took the World Series-clinching loss by giving up three runs over six innings in the 3-0 decision. Can you believe it?
|Trade Deadline: Tigers pursuing Nationals’ Jason Marquis?||07.29.11 at 9:38 am ET|
Ubaldo Jimenz isn’t the only pitcher the Tigers are looking at to strengthen their rotation. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi reported Thursday that the Tigers are also looking at Nationals starter Jason Marquis.
Marquis is 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA this season. The 35-year-old righty has played for five different teams in his career, appearing in the postseason seven times. Red Sox fans may best remember him as the losing pitcher in Game 4 of the 2004 World Series against the Cardinals.
|Trade Deadline: Diamondbacks reportedly interested in pitching help||07.20.11 at 12:48 pm ET|
The Diamondbacks are interested in acquiring a reliever and possibly a starter, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Rosenthal writes that Arizona is very interested in Cubs set-up man Kerry Wood, but he has a no-trade clause and might not want to leave Chicago. Other relievers that Rosenthal says the Diamondbacks could be interested in are the Nationals’ Todd Coffey, the Mets’ Jason Isringhausen and the Blue Jays’ Jason Frasor.
He goes on to say that the Diamondbacks could seek a mid-level starter such as Nationals right-hander Jason Marquis, as they do not want to give up top-level prospects.
|Rumor Mill at this hour: 6 p.m.||12.09.09 at 6:21 pm ET|
Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston told Jordan Bastian that he “expects [Halladay] to leave” but is “not sure when.”
Jayson Stark says the Giants remain interested in Kevin Kouzmanoff, who is being shopped “aggressively” by the Padres.
The Braves spoke with six teams about Rafael Soriano and don’t view any team as a front-runner for the reliever, tweets Mark Bowman.
|Rumor Mill at this hour: 7 p.m.||12.07.09 at 7:26 pm ET|
A source tells Ken Rosenthal that they are “99 percent certain” that Carl Pavano will accept arbitration and stay with the Twins.
Jon Heyman tweets that the Mets are meeting with the agents for Randy Wolf, Joel Pineiro, Jason Marquis, and John Lackey. Heyman pegs the Mets’ chances of getting Roy Halladay at “.000001%.”
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