Minnesota Twins: The Terry Ryan Free-Agent Hall of Fame Inducts Jason Marquis

Chris SchadContributor IIIMay 22, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 10: Jason Marquis #21 of the Minnesota Twins sits in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 10, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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In Terry Ryan's first stint as general manager of the Minnesota Twins, he made a lot of brilliant moves. However, Ryan's dips into the free-agent market sometimes left more than what was desired. That led to the opening of the "Terry Ryan Free-Agent Hall of Fame."

As Ryan began his second stint as Twins general manager, he made several signings. While Ryan Doumit and Jamey Carroll have been good pickups by the Twins, two of Ryan's acquisitions have made 2012 a busy year in Terry Ryan Free-Agent Hall of Fame inductions.

Following in the footsteps of Joel Zumaya, who was injured after pitching for five minutes during spring training, is another pitcher in Jason Marquis.

Marquis is set to be designated for assignment by the Twins, and rumor has it that assignment is to learn how to pitch. Odds are that he won't clear waivers to be sent down to Triple-A Rochester, so it's looking like Marquis' career as a Twin will last just under two months.

Things didn't get off to a good start for Marquis as his daughter was involved in a bicycle accident near his hometown of Staten Island, N.Y. After his daughter's recovery, Marquis went to the minor leagues and looked good. However, there is a big difference between pitching at New Britain and Minneapolis.

Once Marquis made his debut for the Twins, he was nothing like the proclaimed innings eater that Ryan thought he had signed. Marquis struggled to keep his sinker down in the zone and the result was a 2-4 record with a 8.47 earned run average that would make Francisco Liriano blush.

If Ryan was looking for a guy that pitched to contact, Marquis did not disappoint. Plenty of bats hit Marquis belt-high meatballs, but none of them were able to find a defender ready to make a play. This might have been due to Marquis' slow approach that lulled his teammates in the field to sleep.

Now, the 33-year-old Marquis will try to find work with (presumably) a National League team looking for the same thing Ryan was looking for. There's a good chance that will go better for him as he spent 12 years in the Senior Circuit going 104-98 with a 4.55 ERA.

Regardless, Marquis has cemented his place in the Terry Ryan Free-Agent Hall of Fame with former Twins greats such as Livan Hernandez, Ramon Ortiz and Sidney Ponson. So congratulations to Jason Marquis, the second member of the 2012 Terry Ryan Free-Agent Hall of Fame class.