According to a Tweet earlier this morning from CBS’ Jon Heyman, the Mets have agreed to sign RHP Shaun Marcum to a 1-year deal.
Apparently the deal will hinge on Marcum passing a physical.
Marcum just turned 31, and, when healthy, has been a pretty consistently effective pitcher. In 2010 and 2011 for Toronto and then Milwaukee, he posted very similar good seasons. Last year was shortened by an elbow injury, but he did finish the year in a strong fashion, throwing six fine innings and allowing 1 or 2 ER in each of his last three starts.
This move is clearly one with no downside, as this is not a Chris Young. Marcum started 31 and 33 G in 2010-2011, and 21 last year; again, finishing strong after missing some time.
Should he be his usual self, pitching in Citi Field, this could turn out to be an outstanding move; frankly precisely the type of move this writer has begged for all offseason.
The starting rotation has gone from potentially strong but thin to a new level with Marcum added-starting off with Niese/Marcum/Harvey/Johan/Gee looks a lot better than it did before adding the newcomer to the mix. Should all be healthy, the hopeful midseason arrival of Wheeler and jettisoning of Santana now appears much more feasible.
Bravo to Sandy Alderson and his team for making a move which could turn into a great one.