The Nationals are back in the news, actually, there are never really in the news this time of year, but they did sign a free agent today with P Jason Marquis set to join the team. Last season, Marquis pitched great for the Rockies going 15-13 with a solid 4.04 ERA. Marquis will be joining his 5th organization since 2000 after spending time with the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs and Rockies. In his career, Marquis is 94-83 with a 4.48 ERA in 231 starts. The Nationals rotation now looks like this
Nationals Projected Rotation
Garrett Mock / Ross Detwiler
Scott Olsen / Marco Estrada or 1st overall pick Stephen Strasburg (if he's ready to make the jump)
Note: Jordan Zimmermann is out for most of 2010 (elbow)
I guess Marquis will be an upgrade over a rookie starter, but the Nationals won just 59 games in 2009 so they need more help then just a Marquis signing, maybe Capps is on his way though.
The NY Post has a good story on why Jason Bay and Bengie Molina have yet to sign. They were offered contracts, Bay a 4-year / $65M deal and Molina a 2-year deal around December 10th and have yet to respond. Molina feels that he should wait on signing the deal as he thinks he can get more money out of the Mets if Bay decides to sign elsewhere.