But don't read too much into the headline though. Depending on the terms, Marquis is one of the guys the Nationals needed to bring in to provide some stability in the rotation.
Personally, I would have shied away from Marquis because he's coming off a career year, and you tend to get bitten badly when you sign free agents coming off career years.
My "veteran stabilizer" target list included led with Carl Pavano, Jon Garland, Braden Looper, Joel Piniero, and Jarrod Washburn, but Marquis fits in fine with those guys--few Ks, but few walks, and plenty of groundballs. Assuming, again, that they aren't going crazy on the contract, especially the years, this fits with my hopes for the off-season.
I'll post more on Marquis when this is official.
- Update: Fox says it's two years. If true, that's good. I would have thought Marquis would get offered more than that from someone. Fox and MASN are both saying it's not really final yet, so brace yourself for the possibility that this is a negotiating ploy by Marquis's agent.
- Update: Buster Olney says two years and $15 million. That's not overpaying. I'm really pretty shocked Marquis went for it. I'm pleased.