Updated at 8:15 p.m.
Jason Marquis always figured to be the most-tradeable veteran on the Nationals' roster, a designation that led to plenty of speculation as the clock ticked down toward Sunday's non-waiver deadline.
When the move finally came Saturday, though, it was both expected and surprising. Not because Marquis was traded (to the Diamondbacks for minor-league shortstop Zach Walters) but because he was traded only two hours before he was scheduled to start at Nationals Park against the Mets.
Actually, Marquis didn't get official confirmation of the deal until 6 p.m., just one hour before scheduled first pitch. Still wearing a Nationals T-shirt and shorts at his locker when he was summoned by team officials, Marquis watched as right-hander Yunesky Maya (who had been flown in from Syracuse earlier in the day to serve as emergency starter) entered the clubhouse and was handed his jersey for the night.
"Obviously, the rumors were swirling around here, but you've got to focus on what you do," Marquis said. "But ultimately, when they came and got me and people started saying I might be traded, I've still got