The Padres dipped into the free agent pool this morning and brought back a familiar face. The Padres agreed to terms with RHP Jason Marquis on a one-year, $3 million contract. The deal was first reported via Twitter by Jon Heyman.
Marquis received an identical contract last offseason, when he signed with the Minnesota Twins. Marquis was a disaster in Minnesota, posting an 8.47 ERA in seven starts with the Twins. The Twins released Marquis and he hooked on with the Padres on May 29th.
Marquis was solid in San Diego, posting a 6-7 record, with a 4.04 ERA. In his brief time pitching at Petco National Park, Marquis turned in the best walk-to-strikeout ratio of his long career. Marquis will probably fill out the back end of the Padres rotation in 2013.
Most fans might scoff at the resigning of Marquis, but I believe it is a solid deal. Marquis will never win a Cy Young, but he is capable of eating innings. His strikeout rate last year was also encouraging, albeit in a very small sample size.
The Padres will likely be in the market for one starter, Padres GM Josh Byrnes has said that the Padres will likely pursue another starter in a trade.