The Tigers, unable to land their top pitching targets, are discussing a trade for Nationals right-hander Jason Marquis, according to major-league sources.
Marquis, 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA, is in the second year of a two-year contract, and owed about $2.5 million for the rest of the season. He has never pitched in the American League.
The Tigers also have pursued deals for Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda and Orioles righty Jeremy Guthrie, among others.
However, they are uncertain that Kuroda would waive his no-trade clause to come to Detroit, and apparently have struggled to reach agreement with the Orioles on Guthrie. They also checked on Mariners righty Doug Fister, but were turned off by the price.
Marquis, 33, would join a rotation that includes right-handers Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello and Brad Penny.
The Tigers would be Marquis’ sixth club. He has appeared in seven postseasons with the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs and Rockies, but only three of his 11 appearances were starts.