You'll recall, faithful readers, that I mentioned Jason Marquis as "the" guy the Nats should pursue when the team said back in August it was going to go after a veteran free agent pitcher.
Well, either they have or haven't agreed to terms with him, depending on which report on MASNSports.com is accurate. (see below for update, it seems the deal is done)
There's this from Byron Kerr:
Nats to sign Jason Marquis (updated)
By Byron Kerr on December 21, 2009 1:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)
MASNsports.com has learned that the Nationals will sign starting pitcher Jason Marquis. The 31-year-old starter went 15-13 with a 4.04 ERA with the Rockies last season before becoming a free agent.
There's this from Phil Wood just 37 minutes later:
Don't put Jason's name on the marquee just yet
By Phil Wood on December 21, 2009 2:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
As Maxwell Smart used to say, "Missed it by that much..."
There are reports that the Nationals and free agent right-hander Jason Marquis have come to terms on a contract, but my own sources say it's not yet a done deal - but very, very close.
Hmmm. The "reports" Wood mentions are from the same site for which he's writing. I haven't seen it anywhere else.
Sounds like it WILL happen though, and I guess we'll know soon enough. The Nationals Journal I just viewed says it is all over but the shouting (and physical), two years for $15 mil.
UDPATE - All hands are on the same wheel at MASNSports.com now - Wood says the deal is done and Marquis will be introduced tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.