Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Source: Padres strongly considering signing Marquis

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB, Twins pitching Updated: May 29, 2012 - 4:47 PM

Jason Marquis posted an 8.47 ERA in seven starts before the Twins let him go, but it doesn't sound like he'll be out of work for long.

According to a major league source, the Padres are giving serious thought to signing Marquis, with the hope that he can bolster their injury-depleted rotation. The Twins designated Marquis for assignment last week, and he cleared waivers Monday, becoming a free agent.

The Padres would only have to pay Marquis a pro-rated portion of the $480,000 MLB minimum, with the Twins on the hook for the rest of his $3 million contract.

Marquis, 33, has won 106 games in his 13-year MLB career. Most of that has been spent in the National League, as the Twins were his first American League stop. Just last year, the righthander went 8-6 with a 4.43 ERA in 23 combined starts for the Nationals and Diamondbacks.

After signing with the Twins, he missed time during spring training after his 7-year-old daughter was in a serious bicycle accident. She has made a full recovery, but after starting this season at Class AA New Britain, Marquis had a hard time rediscovering his old form with the Twins.

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