• 5:00 pm: Nats' Skipper Davey Johnson was asked before tonight's game how veteran right-hander Jason Marquis, who was scheduled to start, has dealt with the rumors that he might be dealt before Sunday's deadline. "It's just part of the game," Johnson said, "We're kind of used to it. It gets tougher when your name keeps being mentioned in the papers and it goes down to the wire. It seems like there's more information out there than there ever has been. You can't keep a secret anymore."
Shortly after the Nats' manager spoke these words, reports from Nats Park had Nats' GM Mike Rizzo headed into the clubhouse in Jason Marquis' direction. Several minutes later FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi sent out the following message via Twitter:
"Trade is agreed upon, source says: Jason Marquis to #Dbacks."
No word yet on what the Nationals will receive in return. More info when it's available. Yunesky Maya vs R.A. Dickeyin Nats Park...?
• 5:16 pm: Since news of the deal was announced, reports have said that the Nationals will get 2010 9th Round pick Zach Walters, a 21-year-old switch-hitting infielder who has a combined .302/.360/.465 line with 45 doubles, 10 triples and 13 HR's over 166 games in two seasons at A-ball in the D-Backs' system.
4:40 pm: The latest rumors revolve around the renewed interest in Nats' right-hander Jason Marquis. In the last few minutes, FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi (@JonMorosi) followed up on a report by his bow-tied colleague Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) which said that, "#Diamondbacks working to acquire RHP Marquis from #Nationals," with a Tweet which read, "Jason Marquis close to being traded to #DBacks, source says." Earlier this afternoon Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore noted on Twitter that "sources" he spoke to said, "Yunesky Maya is traveling to Washington, and he'll be on call in case the #Nats trade Jason Marquis." As of 4:40 pm EDT there was no announcement on any deal, but with rumors heating up it will be interesting to see who takes the mound tonight when the Washington Nationals play the second of three in D.C. against the New York Mets.