Brewers Will Table Marcum Talks Until After Season

Brewers GM Doug Melvin said that the club will let Shaun Marcum play out the rest of the season and reach free agency, tweets Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.  Marcum and the Brewers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $7.725MM in February.

Last month, the 30-year-old said that he hopes to remain in Milwaukee for the long haul.  Marcum battled through a hip flexor issue in 2011 and posted a 3.54 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 33 starts.  It doesn't appear that there has been much in the way of contract talks between the two sides this winter and it's also unclear where things stand with the club and fellow hurler Zack Greinke.


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18 Comments on "Brewers Will Table Marcum Talks Until After Season"


NYPOTENCE
3 years 5 months ago

Kind of surprised all of these teams are probably going to allow their high-qualtiy pitchers reach free agency. They won’t be able to replace that type of pitching for awhile.

AisoRed
3 years 5 months ago

If Marcum can show that he is healthy throughout the season, I don’t see why the Brewers won’t try to resign him next offseason. 

tacko
3 years 5 months ago

Because 29 or so other teams will have the opportunity to sign him next offseason.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 5 months ago

I am fine with this one being shelved for now.  I like Marcum and think he can be quite good for a while, but I want to see him be good and strong this year as well.  He did a lot for the Brewers during the season and would love to see him do it again and earn a good extension. 

3 years 5 months ago

The headline should read: Brewers Will Not Extend Marcum

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 5 months ago

It would be kinda awesome if Marcum wounded back with the Jays as their 5th starter.

John Driscoll
3 years 5 months ago

If he’s wounded they can have him

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 5 months ago

Haha yeah, meant “wound up.” Can thank the good ol’ autocorrect for that one.

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

His repertoire is better suited in the NL, he got killed by the yanks, red sox and rays. 

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 5 months ago

He still provided 5.6 fWAR over his last 2 years as a Blue Jay, and was much better in his second season. I’d take that if the prospects don’t have that great of a year.

@jedicouncil:disqus  , you’re kidding, right? The idea of him being the #5 starter isn’t a reflection on his value. The only pitcher I’d place behind Marcum is Cecil anyway, and that ain’t hard to do.

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

Mostly because Marcum was so good against the AL Central and West

I like Marcum, always have, but he’ll do more for the brewers than he will do here.

Check this out, in his best year for jays 2010

Red Sox 5.34 ERA
Rays     5.55 ERA
Yanks    7.50 ERA

Shaun relies on his change up, patient lineups with no where to hide sit on his fastball.

 

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 5 months ago

Wish I could find his xFIP’s against the AL East. Taking what has been provided, however, I’d still take him, just not as a top priority.

In the AL East I stand by my assumption that he’d be a #4-5 starter though (#5 on paper, #4 in value).

jedicouncil
3 years 5 months ago

5th ????? try 2nd, behind romero, ahead of morrow

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

uhhhh no.

rdillon99
3 years 5 months ago

Reading between the lines, the Brewers are seriously concerned about Marcum’s health.

daveineg
3 years 5 months ago

You guys are all way off base.  Before the Brewers allocate $40-50 million on a mid rotation guy with an injury history, they need a season assessing where their two top picks of last year, Jungmann and Bradley are, as well as several other starters close to major league ready, Peralta, Fiers and Thornburg.  They are hoping one or more of those guys is far enough along that they won’t need Marcum. 

It’s pretty much the same story with Greinke.  They’d sign him now if he took a modest salary, but if he’s looking for $90+ million that would be too risky right now.

Worst case scenario is Greinke and Marcum both leave via FA, and Wolf’s option isn’t picked up and Brewers have $35 million to spend elsewhere on starting pitching.

SpeedS28
3 years 4 months ago

Would have been nice to sign him to a 2-3 year deal….not tooooo much risk in that. Could have been a good payoff.

frogger6
3 years 5 months ago

Doesn’t sound like you read the latest MLB article on lawrie. He wasn’t a fit in Milwaukee.
Marcum a 4th starter?? How many 4th starters put up Marcum’s numbers last season?

On one hand I can see him becoming the next suppan if he resigns long term, but on the other.. He’s a quality pitcher.. Still only 30.. Wants to stay in Milwaukee.. …the groundwork is there to strike a deal.