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Cards give righty Marquis $2.1 million raise

ST. LOUIS -- Pitcher Jason Marquis and the
St. Louis Cardinals agreed Tuesday to a $5.15 million, one-year contract, a
raise of $2.1 million.

The 27-year-old right-hander has a 42-36 record with a 4.15 ERA
in six major league seasons. He has gone 28-21 with a 3.92 ERA in
two seasons with St. Louis, pitching a career high 207 innings last
year.

He went 4-1 in his last five starts with two complete games,
including a 6-0 shutout at Washington. A career .237 hitter,
Marquis batted .310 (27-for-87) with one home run and 10 RBI last
season, winning an NL Silver Slugger.

Marquis was acquired from the Atlanta Braves with pitchers Ray
King and Adam Wainwright in 2003 in for outfielders J.D. Drew and
Eli Marrero. He was the only Cardinals arbitration eligible player
this offseason.

In addition to his salary, he could earn $275,000 in performance
bonuses: $25,000 for 200 innings, $75,000 each for 210 and 215
innings and $100,000 for 220 innings.