Jon Heyman’s recent report that the Mets still have money to spend makes it very possible that the team will and address the holes still on the roster. Following the R.A. Dickey trade the Mets are in need of another starting pitcher. A pitcher who has been connected with the Mets is former Brewer and Blue Jay, 32-year-old Shaun Marcum.
Marcum isn’t a hard thrower, but he has a knack for getting outs. Unfortunately, he also has a knack for getting injured, pitching at least 200 innings only once in his career. Marcum missed a large chunk of last season with shoulder stiffness and elbow tightness. However, when Marcum is healthy he is a very effective pitcher posting a 3.70 or lower ERA over his past four seasons. The FIP numbers have been less kind for the soft tossing righty but he continues to out pitch his peripheral numbers. A large part of his success stems from doing a good job keeping runners off base pitching to a 1.224 career WHIP. He also was slightly above the league average with a 20.7% strikeout rate and right on the league average with a 7.8% walk rate.
The old adage goes, “ you can never have too much pitching”. With the propensity that pitchers get injured it’s never a bad idea to have extra starting pitching so as not to be stuck with a Pat Misch type like the Mets have been in recent years. Reports are that Marcum has been asking for either a two or three year deal. Three years would be too many, one year would be ideal but should or would the Mets consider Marcum on a two-year deal?