Jason Marquis invited to camp
You can read more details on Reds.com/MLB.com, but veteran RHP Jason Marquis was signed by the Reds Wednesday to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp at Spring Training.
Marquis pitched for Reds GM Walt Jocketty rom 2004-06, when both worked for the Cardinals.
To me, this transaction falls under the low-risk, high-reward potential. Marquis did not pitch in the Majors last season after he had July 2013 Tommy John surgery (Dr. Tim Kremchek performed the procedure). He did make eight starts at the Triple-A level for the Phillies after being signed in June but was released on Aug. 31.
While the Reds are set at the top three spots, the guys competing for the Nos. 4 and 5 spots lack a lengthy track record. Marquis will have a chance to win a place in the rotation. The other candidates are Tony Cingrani, Raisel Iglesias, Anthony DeSclafani, Dylan Axelrod and David Holmberg.
So, there is a little more intrigue added to the mix with Marquis — who will wear No. 31.