…because he’s going to the Capital City…
Via mlb.com -
The Nationals are close to agreeing to terms with free agent right-hander Jason Marquis, according to a baseball source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Marquis has to take a physical before the Nationals make it official, according to the source. The club had no comment on the matter.
Marquis, 31, is coming off one of his best seasons, going 15-13 with a 4.04 ERA with the Rockies. He also represented Colorado in the All-Star Game.
During his 10-year career — which has included stints with the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs and Rockies — Marquis has won 94 games with a 4.48 ERA.
Marquis said last week he can be one player who can help Washington’s young staff, which includes John Lannan and Garrett Mock. Marquis indicated that he can teach the younger pitchers what he learned from veterans like Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Chris Carpenter and Matt Morris.
In fact, Marquis felt he was a mentor to Rockies hurlers Jorge De La Rosa and Ubaldo Jimenez.
Buster Olney says Marquis has agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Nationals.
Does Mike Rizzo know something that Brian Cashman does not know? Time will tell…