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Report: Twins nearing deal with Marquis

The Minnesota Twins are nearing a deal with free agent pitcher Jason Marquis, according to FOX?Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Rosenthal tweeted the news late Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Marquis split last season between the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks.

He was 8-6 with a 4.43 ERA and 76 strikeouts.

Royals sign Jose Mijares

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals have signed reliever Jose Mijares to a 1-year contract, giving manager Ned Yost another left-handed option late in games.

The team announced the deal Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Mijares went 3-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 186 appearances since making his debut for the Twins in 2008, but he was just 0-2 with a 4.59 ERA in 58 games last season.

Mijares is currently 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in eight outings for Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League, with seven strikeout and no walks.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore envisions Mijares as a situational lefty. Mijares fills out the Royals' 40-man roster.