Philadelphia Phillies release veteran pitcher Jason Marquis


The Philadelphia Phillies have released Jason Marquis from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, bringing to an end his short spell as a Phillie.

At the age of 32 and with over a decade of Major League experience, right-hander Marquis had played for the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondback, Minnesota Twins and the San Diego Padres before signing a deal with the Phils.

Possessing a career win-loss record of 121-114, with a 4.56 ERA and 1,137 strikeouts to his name, Marquis established a reputation as a solid back end rotation starter, especially in the National League where he played all seasons except 2012 (with the Twins).

From 2004-2009, Marquis won at least 11 games in each of the six seasons, earning 65 wins from 2004-2008. He went 9-5 for San Diego in 2013, but his best season was arguably at Washington in 2011, where he went 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 20 starts.

The Phillies had signed Marquis to a minor league contract on June 3rd, 2014. He has been released immediately following his return from the DL. In a combined 9 starts at AAA and Rookie level this year, Marquis went 4-1 with a 4.18 ERA.

It will be interesting to see what his next career move is, or if he chooses to retire now with injury problems.