The Washington Nationals continue to be active around the MLB trade deadline, making a move that indicates they have probably given up chasing for the NL Wild Card. The team has traded starting pitcher Jason Marquis to the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a report by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. It is not immediately clear who the Nationals will receive in return.
Marquis has been one of the Nationals' most reliable starters this season, going 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA. But the Nationals were looking to sell high on the 32-year old's season, given their place in the NL right now and their need to keep building for the future. Marquis was on the second year of a three-year deal, and was unlikely to replicate his production going forward.
Marquis was scheduled to start on Saturday night against the Mets. Instead, Yunesky Maya will be called up from AAA-Syracuse to make the start.