Shaun Marcum gets $4 million guaranteed with the Mets

Posted: January 25, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

The terms of Shaun Marcum’s deal have been released and Marcum will make $4 million guaranteed plus incentives with the Mets pending a physical. The physical is scheduled for today and the Mets will anounce the deal shortly after. Marcum also drew interest from the Pirates, Rangers and Padres.

This is a good signing by the Mets. Look at what some of the other starting pitchers got. Francisco Liriano got two years and over $12 million by the Pirates and he isn’t half the pitcher Marcum has been the past few seasons. Sandy Alderson’s patient approach worked out well in this particular situation. images

Marcum brings some credibility if healthy along with some upside. Marcum is being paid like a back-end starter but has pitched like a #2 in the past. If he is pitching well and the Mets are out of the race Marcum could be trade bait. If the Mets are playing well than Marcum is probably a big part of that. With Marcum in the fold along with more improvements from Matt Harvey, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee, then the Mets have a chance of replacing the innings they lost when they traded Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.

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