MLB notes: Twins bolster rotation

Nationals starter Jason Marquis pitches to the Mets at Citi Field in New York, N.Y., April 10,...

Nationals starter Jason Marquis pitches to the Mets at Citi Field in New York, N.Y., April 10, 2011. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters)

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The Minnesota Twins and free-agent starting pitcher Jason Marquis agreed Thursday to a one-year deal for $3 million.

The much-travelled 33-year-old right-hander had an 8-6 record and a 4.43 earned-run average last season in 23 starts with the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks last season.

He has a career 4.55 ERA in 12 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Nationals and D-backs.

Marquis will be a back-of-the-rotation starter, as left-hander Brian Duensing likely will be moved to the bullpen next season.

Twins starters had a combined 4.64 ERA last season, third-worst ERA in the AL.

SOX BUILD WITH DANKS

The Chicago White Sox have elected to make pitcher John Danks part of their rebuilding program instead of trading him.

Danks, a 26-year-old left-hander, has agree to a five-year, $65-million contract extension, according to several reports.

After a slow start, Danks finished the 2011 season with an 8-12 record and a 4.33 ERA. He had lost his first eight decisions.

Danks has a 54-56 record over five seasons with the White Sox, who lost another left-handed starter, Mark Buehrle, to free agency.

BRIEFLY

Free-agent infielder-outfielder Mark DeRosa and the Nationals have agreed on a one-year deal, MLB.com reported Thursday. DeRosa is expected to be a backup first baseman and make occasional starts in the outfield and at second and third base. DeRosa, 36, spent the past two years with the San Francisco Giants, hitting .279 in 47 games in 2011.


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