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Updated: May 28th, 2012 2:29pm
Jason Marquis clears waivers, officially becomes a free agent

Jason Marquis clears waivers, officially becomes a free agent

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The 48-hour claim window closed on Monday, which means Jason Marquis officially became a free agent.

The Twins designated Marquis early last week after the right-hander gave up eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in Milwaukee. When general manager Terry Ryan was unable to find a trade partner, the Twins placed Marquis on release waivers.

The Twins are still on the hook for his entire $3 million salary, but Marquis is now free to sign anywhere.

Marquis, 33, owns a 4.63 career ERA, mostly in the National League.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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