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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."
Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez stubbed left big toe this weekend. He hurt the toe hitting a sofa in his hotel room. The injury is not considered series and he was available to play in Sunday's game against the Padres, according to manager Jim Riggleman.
Right-hander Cole Kimball had an MRI exam on Saturday, and the results showed the same thing as the X-rays. He has inflammation in his shoulder, according to Riggleman. Kimball hopes to be back on the mound when his 15 days on the disabled list are up.