Phillies add 35-year-old pitcher coming off Tommy John to bolster rotation depth

Phillies add 35-year-old pitcher coming off Tommy John to bolster rotation depth
June 3, 2014, 11:42 am

The Phillies announced they signed 35-year-old RHP Jason Marquis to a minor league contract on Tuesday.

Marquis is likely best known for his stint with the St. Louis Cardinals in the mid aughts but has bounced around a ton since, with appearances on the Cubs, Rockies, Nationals, Diamondbacks, Twins, and Padres. Toss the Phillies organization onto the list.

He made 20 starts in 2013 for the Padres posting a 4.05 ERA and an ERA+ of 5.65 although his walk rate was up significantly putting 5+ men on per 9 via the free pass.

And then he had Tommy John surgery. 11 months ago. He's 35.

He'll report to Clearwater for extended spring training and could be a depth option if anything else goes wrong with the rotation or RAJ decides to start shipping the actually functioning arms out come trade deadline time.

Apparently he's been throwing his fastball in the 88-90 range at tryouts.

Phillies beat writer Dennis Deitch summed it all up nicely:

Jason Marquis is not only not dead, but the Phillies signed him to a minor-league contract.

 

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