Marquis wants to stay with Nats long-term

Marquis wants to stay with Nats long-term

Marquis wants to stay with Nats long-term
SAN DIEGO -- Right-hander Jason Marquis is in the final year of a two-year, $15 million deal with the Nationals, and he said Saturday that he wants to continue his career with the club past this season.

The sides have not talked about a contract extension, but Marquis said he would like a multiyear deal. He did not say how many years he wanted.

"Anybody would want a multiyear deal. That's how the game works," Marquis said. "I don't think anyone would turn down a four for a one."

Marquis said he likes the direction the team is going and being part of a pitching staff that ranks seventh in the National League with a 3.64 ERA entering Sunday's action.

"I know that with everything going on with the Draft, [general manager Mike] Rizzo is busy with that and it's a very important part of his job," Marquis said. "I would love to stay here. I think we have a good thing going here.

"I think this is going to be good for a long time with the [Jayson] Werth signing and [Ryan] Zimmerman finally coming back from his injury. Jordan [Zimmermann] and [John] Lannan are getting better start by start. We have Desi and Espy [Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa]. There are so many good guys, it would be a shame to not be a part of it. It has to be mutual on both sides. Whether it's now or at the end of the season, we'll figure something out."

Entering Sunday's action, Marquis is 7-2 with a 3.67 ERA. This year is a comeback season for Marquis. Last year, he appeared in only 13 games, going 2-9 with a 6.60 ERA. It didn't help that he missed a lot of time because of bone chips in right elbow. The bone were removed in May of last year.

"Last year was a wash and I came back. I felt I threw the ball well late in the season," Marquis said. "I was a little disappointed [in the year I had]. They got a glimpse of what they signed at the end of last year and obviously into this year. It was a fluke early on [last year]. It would be nice to continue [my career] here -- a great stadium, teammates, front office, coaching staff. To be a part of that for the future would be great. I feel like I'm on great shape. I'm young enough, I'm only 32 years old. We'll see what happens."