Marquis, Nats, Finalize 2-Year, $15 Million Deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Jason Marquis says he's ready to fill the role of veteran leader for a young Washington Nationals pitching staff.

The free-agent right-hander signed a $15 million, two-year contract Tuesday. He joins a staff whose rotation at times last season consisted of second-year player John Lannan and four rookies.

Marquis made at least 32 starts in five of the past six seasons, while Lannan was the only pitcher to make 20 or more for Washington in 2009.

Marquis says he hopes the younger pitches "can feed off" what he does. He also said Washington is becoming a more attractive free agent destination after the signings of No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg and 14-time All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez.