Marlins Sign Seth McClung

Pitcher Seth McClung officially signed a minor league deal with the Marlins today. The righty will earn $800K if he makes the big league roster and could earn another $50K in incentives. 

McClung, 29 in February, posted a 4.94 ERA, 5.8 K/9, and 5.7 BB/9 in 62 innings for the Brewers last year.  He was non-tendered after the season.  Silver lining: McClung averaged 93.2 mph on his fastball last year.  Between him, Derrick Turnbow, and Jose Veras, the Marlins will find something for next to nothing.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald first reported the deal.'s Adam McCalvy first tweeted that an agreement was close and added the terms of the deal.'s Joe Frisaro also added some salary information (via Twitter).

13 Responses to Marlins Sign Seth McClung Leave a Reply

  1. Guest 5 years ago

    not a bad signing. If Larry Beinfest signed him it must work out.

  2. he used to do pretty well, had good stuff. we always seem to turn struggling relievers into gold…

  3. rzepczynski 5 years ago

    seth mclung what a terrible replacement to kiko, he has never been good lol surprised hes still in the league

    • Sage 5 years ago

      I call bullshit on your comment. Seth McClung was never AMAZING, but he’s been pretty solid. In 2008, he posted a 4.02 ERA (1.41 WHIP and 4.48 FIP, which aren’t terrible) with 87 K’s and 55 BB’s in a 105.1 innings, 37 games, 12 starts. The guy is a fireballer out of the bullpen, consistently around 98-99 MPH. He throws around 94 when starting, and has good secondary stuff. He has potential to be very good, going by his 3.75 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 2.91 FIP in 2007.What I’m saying here, is, Seth McClung is a good pickup. I wish the Brewers had kept him, to be honest. (For the record, I know Kiko was really, really, good. If you take Seth as a direct replacement for him, then he isn’t a great replacement. But, in and of himself, Seth is a good pitcher.)

      • horatioalgae 5 years ago

        Simply put, Big Red has a Major League arm with Little League control. He is as likely to strike out the side as he is to walk the bases full. A manager sending Seth into a close game is gambling with the outcome.

      • Haddaway 5 years ago

        What are you talking about?! He pitched a total of 12 innings in 2007. That shows NOTHING. That should teach you to look at the WHOLE stat line. Doh’!

        • Sage 5 years ago

          Believe it or not, I was entirely aware that he had only pitched 12 innings in ’07. However, I did not realize that I forgot to mention that in my post. My apologies for that slight error. Thank you, though, for completely ignoring all of what I posted about his stats in ’08, and for assuming that I wasn’t aware of his playing time in ’07, thus making me look stupid, and making you look like a jerk.

  4. lionofsenate 5 years ago

    McClung did very well down the stretch for Milwaukee in 2008 and helped secure a playoff slot for the Brewers. He has talent, probably best used out of the pen. Milwaukee tried to get maybe too much out of him as both a starter and then relief. He has MLB talent, a MLB arm, that’s for sure. Nice collection by Fla.

  5. FishFan03 5 years ago

    I just hope that the Marlins don’t sign Kevin Gregg again

  6. flasportsfan88 5 years ago

    Well as of last season, he was pretty terrible. Serious control problems. Marlins have a knack for getting the best years out of relievers that look to be out of gas. Hopefully he can get it together here.

    • Infield Fly 5 years ago

      If that’s really true, then McClung’s in the right place. Besides his control issue, one knock on him that keeps surfacing is that he is resistant to coaching. If the Fish can cut through that and get him turned around, that would be a nice achievement for both!

      • wvmcclungsupporter 5 years ago

        Seth McClung is a middle releiver not a starter, if the marlins use him wisely he will be a great pick up. He was also a fan favorite in Milw. He was a great team guy and should be hungry to try to get back to the million $ salary he had last year.

        • Infield Fly 5 years ago

          For me his role is not in dispute. I am well aware of it. It’s just that I have been aware of some of his issues for some time, so I will be interested to see how he does, and whether he progresses beyond them.

          OTH, the positives you mention are nice to hear about too. Always a plus.

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