The Minnesota Twins are looking to improve their dismal starting rotation numbers in 2012.
Last season, the Twins starters combined to post the third-worst ERA (4.64), while also striking out just 617 batters in 961 innings-pitched.
The Twins have outsourced to fix this problem, signing veteran right-hander Jason Marquis to a one-year, $3 million contract.
Marquis, 33, posted an 8-5 record with a 3.95 ERA as a member of the Washington Nationals last season. He was then sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 30, where he was 0-1, posting a 9.53 ERA in just three starts. Marquis missed the last month and a half of the 2011 season with a broken right fibula after being hit by a line drive.
Marquis was a National League All-Star in 2009 as a member of the Colorado Rockies. His best season came in 2004 when he posted a 15-7 record and recorded a 3.71 ERA as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Marquis has a career .455 ERA in 12 MLB seasons. He has played for the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Rockies, Nationals and Diamondbacks.
The righty will likely be the fourth or fifth starter as lefthander Brian Duensing is expected to be in the bullpen to start the season.