Mets, Nationals Pursuing Jason Marquis

THURSDAY, 10:09am: Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post says there's no chance of Marquis returning to the Rockies.

WEDNESDAY, 5:46pm:'s Jayson Stark hears that the Phillies do indeed have interest in Marquis.

4:58pm: The Mets and Nationals are pursuing free agent starter Jason Marquis, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  He adds that we should not rule out the Phillies (though Marquis seems pointless for them to me).  Earlier today we learned from Yahoo's Steve Henson that the Rockies are open to re-signing Marquis at less than his $9.875MM 2009 salary. 

Marquis, 31, posted a 4.04 ERA, 4.8 K/9, and 3.3 BB/9 in 216 innings for the Rockies this year.  He's been portrayed as having a lousy second half, but he really only struggled in September.

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