Mets sign Shaun Marcum

Posted: January 24, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanimages

Well it’s finally happened; the Mets have signed a major league free agent. The Mets have agreed to terms on a one year deal with starting pitcher Shaun Marcum. Marcum, 31, pitched for the Brewers this past season, posting a 3.70 ERA with 7.9 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 35.4% ground ball rate in 124 innings over the course of 21 starts. Marcum missed approximately two months due to elbow tightness in 2012 but if he is healthy he is really a good #2 starter. Although salary terms are still unclear, the Mets are paying Marcum as if he is a back-end starter.

Marcum is getting a chance to reestablish value and look for a big contract after the season. This is a win-win situation for the Mets. If Marcum pitches well and finds himself in line for a long term deal, it will help the Mets in the standings and they can offer him salary arbitration and get a draft pick for him if he signs elsewhere. If he pitches so-so they can bring him back on another short term deal until young pitchers like Noah Syndergaard are ready.images2

Marcum had been thought of highly before this season as the Brewers traded Brett Lawrie to Toronto two years ago to acquire him. Marcum had a very good career in Toronto and helped the Brewers make the playoffs in 2011.

Marcum doesn’t throw hard at all with a fastball in the mid 80’s but he throws four pitches including a very good changeup.

There really is no such thing as a really bad one year deal. Marcum has been a really good pitcher in the past and as I wrote before here, I believed Marcum was the Mets best option. Marcum was the best pitcher left on the market and the Mets are getting him on the cheap. Now they need to fix their bullpen.

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