MINNEAPOLIS Right-hander Jason Marquis is officially a free agent after clearing release waivers, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday.
Marquis who signed with Minnesota for a one-year, 3 million deal this offseason was 2-4 with an 8.47 ERA in seven starts for the Twins this season. After his latest outing in Milwaukee, in which he gave up eight runs on eight hits in just 1 23 innings, the Twins designated him for release or assignment.
Ryan shot down the notion that the Twins might bring Marquis back to pitch at Triple-A Rochester.
"I think we're going to move on," Ryan said. "I suspect that probably would be a mutually feeling. He doesn't need to pitch at Triple-A. I think it's fair to assume he's beyond that point."
The Twins became the seventh team for the 33-year-old Marquis in 13 seasons. Minnesota was hoping the veteran right-hander could help boost their rotation in 2012, but that never happened. He gave up five runs or more in four of his starts and failed to...