Rosenthal On Bullpens, Marcum, Crawford

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has a few hot stove offerings…

  • Rosenthal names the Cubs, Cardinals, Rays, Phillies, and Marlins as teams with bullpen question marks.  I'm thinking the Blue Jays might be able to extract something useful for their veteran relievers in a few months.
  • Rosenthal speculates that Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum would be attractive on the trade market.  Marcum is under team control through 2012.  It's not known whether the Jays would entertain trading Marcum for even younger and cheaper players.
  • Carl Crawford should command at least $12-14MM per year and at least a seven-year contract as free agent, opines Rosenthal.

25 Responses to Rosenthal On Bullpens, Marcum, Crawford Leave a Reply

  1. Yankees10 5 years ago

    Crawford to Yankees.

    • PRKnight 5 years ago

      I agree :) I can see him getting a realist deal of 14 per for 6 years from the yanks. Idk if thats enough to have him jumping for joy but i think its fair

  2. Triteon 5 years ago

    Two things: the Cardinals have more than a few question marks in the bullpen — huge questions, major problems. Guess that’s what we get for relying on a Mitchell Report All-Star to close the games.
    Also, only$12-14MM per year for Crawford? I’ve been thinking he’s an $18-20MM guy if the Yankees, Red Sox or Dodgers get in the mix. If Crawford stays put or heads elsewhere I was still on the figure of $16MM.

  3. Suzysman 5 years ago

    “Rosenthal names the Cubs… as teams with bullpen question marks.”

    Gee, ya think? What gave it away?

  4. cookmeister 5 years ago

    I think the angels are a great fit. Move rivera to right field, Abreu DH, or even sign a different DH and ship Rivera out for an arm.

    • bigpat 5 years ago

      The Angels have been signing at least one outfielder to a nice deal for the past hundred years, so they might as well continue the trend.

      • jwredsox 5 years ago

        I could easily see the Angels outbidding the Yanks at some point. They have been known to chase big free agents for the right price

  5. bigpat 5 years ago

    I would really like to see the Pirates get Marcum. I wouldn’t be opposed to dealing Andy LaRoche for him, or an outfield prospect. I’d like to see him start a few more games though. He would probably be the best pitcher on their staff, and they won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for him if they were to get a similar player on the open market.

    Maybe that goes against “the plan”, but this team needs some skilled players, and some MLB quality pitchers who have experience and won’t get shelled every other game.

  6. shockey12 5 years ago

    Marcum for Tabata? Thoughts?

  7. baseballz 5 years ago

    Tabata ??? No way, But Marcum for Laroche would definetly work. Or, That other third baseprospect who escapes my recollection that the pirates have and another piece would work. Though, i would hate to loose Marcum as he is only going to get better and after a year as the club’s #1 he will have invaluable experience. Also the more games the Jays loose the better. I am hoping for a 68 win season.

    • If I were AA I wouldn’t even take Tabata for Marcum… I would try and get someone like Mat Gamel ++ for Marcum. He doesn’t necessarily have #1 or #2 stuff but he sure pitches like it.

  8. bigpat 5 years ago

    The Blue Jays are 5-1 so far, try telling their players and coach they aren’t allowed to compete for another 4 years…

    Not saying they will win the division, because once they play New York and Boston they will lose a lot more games, but they can still have respectable seasons. They have a lot of interesting arms and guys like Hill, Lind, and maybe Snider could be legit big time hitters.

  9. bomberj11 5 years ago

    Seven years? I don’t think the Yankees can give out another contract like that.

  10. Jen D 5 years ago

    How come my other comment was removed?? :(

  11. galloway84 5 years ago

    I don’t want to see Crawford leave in a Rays uniform. I understand the Rays can’t pay him due to his increasing value in the open market but I don’t want him to go to the Yankees or the Red Sox. They have Jennings waiting in the wings along with Ruggiano, Perez and Joyce provide OF depth. 2010 MLB draft, they can draft OF/1B that can make an impact in 2-3 years. Rays bullpen has been an issue early on due to Maddon’s mismanages his relievers and not to mention the Red Sox bullpen is having their issues right now.

  12. BentoBox 5 years ago

    The Red Sox’ bullpen have a lot of question marks after Papelbon, Bard and Oki.

    • jwredsox 5 years ago

      So as long as Sox starters can go six they should be fine. I’ll gladly take that.

  13. Guest 5 years ago

    The Dodgers bullpen has been absolute rubbish.. Kuo and Belisario define “bullpens with question marks”

  14. Steve_in_MA 5 years ago

    I think you can definitely count the BoSox in on Crawford … at least willing to go 6 years and maybe $15-16MM per season. He’s Bay with less power, but great legs. He’s the guy whose worth the numbers Bay asked for because he can play defense, can steal lots of bases and gives you good to very good offensive output. His medicals don’t frighten you. It’ll be an all-out fight between NY and Boston for him. I do predict that Rosenthal is wrong (for like the 100th time – no one is more consistently wrong than he) in that no one will offer Crawford 7 years.

    I think both our starting rotation and bullpen are question marks at this point.

  15. Cardinalfan9 5 years ago

    Cole Claybourn of had some good points about the Cardinals’ bullpen and pitching as a whole:

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  16. Cardinalfan9 5 years ago

    Cole Claybourn of had some good points about the Cardinals’ bullpen and pitching as a whole:

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  17. shockey12 5 years ago

    I’m a jays fan too but Marcum is signed through 2012 and if we would be able to pick up a big bat at 3rd or in the outfield and have them through 2015-2016 then why not? They aren’t planning to contend until 2013-2014 when vernons contract is up anyway and the jays have tons of young pitching that can replace him. Is there really much of a difference between finishing 4th over 5th? The only difference I can think of is that if we were to trade Marcum and lose more games we might get a better place in the draft next year.

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