Padres sign Jason Marquis, send him to Double-A

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Padres have signed right-hander Jason Marquis, who was released by the Twins earlier this week after posting an 8.47 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in seven starts.

Marquis will report to the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in Tucson and attempt to prove he’s got something left.

The 33-year-old right-hander currently owns a 4.63 career ERA, 5.2 career K/9 and 1.44 career WHIP.

San Diego’s Petco Park is a pitcher’s haven, but so is Minnesota’s Target Field. And he allowed a whopping 33 hits in 21 1/3 innings there.

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UPDATE, 8:07 PM: MLB.com’s Corey Brock confirms that the Padres have signed Marquis to a minor league contract. He has been assigned to Double-A San Antonio, not Triple-A Tucson.

Report: Nationals sign Matt Adams

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Free agent first baseman Matt Adams has signed a one-year, $3 million pact with the Nationals, the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. The contract comes with a $1 million buyout on a 2020 option, bringing the total value to $4 million. Official confirmation is still pending completion of a physical.

The 30-year-old infielder will return to familiar turf in Washington after spending the first half of the 2018 season there. He was dealt to the Cardinals in late August for cash considerations and finished the season batting a collective .239/.309/.477 with a career-high 21 home runs, .786 OPS and 0.8 fWAR through 337 plate appearances for the two National League clubs.

Despite his impressive display of power, Adams experienced a significant decline at the plate over the second half of the season, batting well under the Mendoza Line as the Cardinals pushed for a postseason berth against the division-winning Brewers and Wild Card-contending Cubs. Still, he saw enough early success in Washington to merit a second look and should provide a sturdy backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base in 2019.