Marquis clears waivers, becomes free agent

Marquis clears waivers, becomes free agent

Marquis clears waivers, becomes free agent
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Jason Marquis cleared release waivers and is now a free agent, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday.

Marquis was designated for assignment on Tuesday after posting an 8.47 ERA in seven starts. He was placed on release waivers on Saturday after the Twins couldn't find a trade partner, but he wasn't claimed.

The Twins had the ability to option Marquis to Triple-A Rochester, but Ryan said they made the decision to let him become a free agent.

"I think we're going to move on," Ryan said. "I suspect that would be a mutual feeling. He doesn't need to pitch at Triple-A. I think it's fair to assume he's beyond that point. He might get signed by another club and be assigned to Triple-A to get him stretched out and acclimated, but I don't think that's what we should do."

The 33-year-old, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal before the season, struck out 12, walked 14 and gave up nine homers in 34 innings with the Twins.