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Here are my thoughts on the reports from Ken Rosenthal that the Twins are nearing a deal with RHP Jason Marquis:
That’s it! Be sure to listen to last night’s Fanatic Jack Twins Podcast. I called in as a guest and was on for an hour, talking about a lot of the Twins moves. Specifically we talked about pitching options in the bullpen and in the rotation. Obviously the Marquis news came out during the podcast, so if you really would want to hear more of my thoughts on that topic, be sure to listen.
To summarize, he’s shown enough success in his long big league career (see 2004-2009), despite just 5.2 strikeouts per nine innings, that he could be another Carl Pavano, coming back from injuries the last couple of years. Or, more likely, he could be the next Ramon Ortiz, Sidney Ponson, etc. We have no report on the dollars, but I can’t imagine it would be more than $2 million guaranteed. At that, there’s no risk. Last year, he made 20 starts with the Nationals and went 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 120 innings. If he can do that with the Twins, I’d be thrilled, even if the innings count is due to someone like Liam Hendriks being ready to take over at that time.
I do encourage you to listen to the podcast from last night. Jack finds a way to get me going and make me blunt and argumentative. I share my thoughts on why Twins fans can be positive looking to 2012. I share my thoughts on what I think is realistic for the Twins. It is a podcast that I do think you’ll find entertaining.
Please feel free to ask questions and leave comments.