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Jason Marquis Clears Release Waivers, Becomes Free Agent

On Monday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins officially announced that right-handed pitcher Jason Marquis had cleared release waivers and was free to sign with any other team of his choosing. Marquis signed a one-year, $3 million contract this offseason and failed to live up to expectations finishing with a 2-4 record and 8.47 ERA in seven starts as a member of the team.

Minnesota will still be on the hook for the money they owe Marquis regardless of where he ends up, which left some to question whether the team would bring him back to pitch at Triple-A to work out his issues. Twins general manager Terry Ryan quickly put that idea to rest. His comments via TwinCities.com:

"I think we're going to move on," the GM said. "I suspect that probably would be a mutual feeling. He doesn't need to be pitching at Triple-A; he's beyond that. He may end up signing with another club who might put him at Triple-A and get him stretched out and acclimated. I don't think that's what we should do."

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