Sources: Nationals close to deal with Marquis
Right-handed starter Jason Marquis is close to signing a two-year
contract with the Nationals, two major league sources confirmed
The deal will become official once Marquis completes a physical examination today or Tuesday, one source said. The Nationals have called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon, at which they are expected to announce Marquis' signing.
Marquis went 15-13 with a 4.04 ERA in 33 starts for the Rockies this year.
A bullpen upgrade could be next for the Nationals. They are among the teams still in pursuit of free agent reliever Matt Capps, who is expected to decide on a new team by the end of this week.
News of the Marquis deal was first reported by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.