Indians Sign Shaun Marcum To Minor League Deal

6:31pm: The deal allows Marcum to opt out if he does not make the team out of spring training, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian tweets. If he makes the team, he would receive a $1M salary with $3MM in incentives.

3:53pm: The Indians have signed right-hander Shaun Marcum to a minor league contract, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Marcum is represented by Turner Gary Sports.

Marcum, 32, signed a one-year deal with the Mets last offseason. The oft-injured righty began the 2013 campaign on the disabled list due to a pinched nerve in his neck but made his season debut in late April. His season would be cut short, however, when it was learned that he would require surgery on his right shoulder as a result of thoracic outlet syndrome.

Marcum ultimately posted a 5.29 ERA with 6.9 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 34.9 percent ground-ball rate in 78 1/3 innings in his lone season with the Mets. That ERA was likely inflated, to some extent, by his .322 BABIP (compared to his career mark of .275) and an abnormally low 61.9 percent strand rate — trends that are reflected in his 3.64 FIP.

Cleveland projects to have Justin Masterson, Danny Salazar, Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister in its rotation, so Marcum will presumably compete for the fifth spot in the rotation come Spring Training. Despite last season's struggles, Marcum owns a 3.88 career ERA in 995 big league innings, so he brings some upside to Cleveland.


42 Responses to Indians Sign Shaun Marcum To Minor League Deal Leave a Reply

  1. John Ginder 2 years ago

    Well maybe he will work out better for the Indians.

    • ColoredPaper 2 years ago

      Except for the fact that he’s had some success in the AL East throughout his career… Although the jury is still out to see if he can rebound from his injuries.

  2. North 2 years ago

    Nice deal for Cleveland.

  3. Ruben_Tomorrow 2 years ago

    At least they learned somewhat from the Brett Myers disaster by not giving Marcum guaranteed money.

    • Shin_Soo_Choo 2 years ago

      Kind of different situations. Myers had a track record of durability.

  4. Comfy_Wastelander 2 years ago

    Marcum looks like a bounceback candidate. Good no-risk deal for Cleveland.

  5. ice_hawk10 2 years ago

    Always enjoyed watching him pitch for the jays. If he can stay on the field he’s a nice piece to have in your rotation.

    • John Meloche 2 years ago

      Was a favorite of mine! When he was coming up with McGowan he was always underrated but when healthy has been a good pitcher.

  6. Thunda Pig 2 years ago

    Very nice Cleveland, well done. Surprising he got only got a minor league offer because of his solid career. Thought someone would bit and give him a mil guaranteed.

    • nepp 2 years ago

      His arm/shoulder is likely shot. Tough luck on his part as he’s always been a gamer. He’d have to prove he’s healthy to get more than this type of ST invite/minor league deal.

      • bob smit 2 years ago

        Perhaps he’ll be Kazmir 2.0?

        • Shin_Soo_Choo 2 years ago

          Kazmir wasn’t coming off an injury he simply lost his sense of how to pitch.

          • dc21892 2 years ago

            Didn’t that start after some elbow trouble?

          • Shin_Soo_Choo 2 years ago

            His elbow trouble was in 2009-2010. He was nowhere close to as dinged up as Marcum is.

  7. Devin Ruffner 2 years ago

    okay, love this…

  8. Trock 2 years ago

    Steal for the Indians I think. I am very surprised a lot more teams didn’t jump on a deal like this, especially the Cubs with how they are running things right now. He may be able to turn things around to his former self, but if not only a minor league deal.

  9. 416jays 2 years ago

    Was hoping my jays get this guy… Good pick!

  10. Jeff Miller 2 years ago

    Don’t understand why the Phillies didn’t pick him up, especially if he’s willing to sign a minor league deal.

  11. Joe Valenti 2 years ago

    Very solid signing

  12. Joe Orsatti 2 years ago

    This resembles the Scott Kazmir signing of last season

    • Shin_Soo_Choo 2 years ago

      The key difference being Marcum is coming off several injuries whereas Kazmir was healthy and never had any serious previous injury issues. This makes it less likely that Marcum will stick.

  13. ziggy13 2 years ago

    Wish Toronto would have done this

  14. Chad Woelk 2 years ago

    Figured the Royals would sign him. Relieved!!!

  15. Zak A 2 years ago

    This is the move that RAJ and the Phillies should have made, not sign an un-named pitcher formerly known as Fausto to a 4 MM deal.

  16. discollama 2 years ago

    Wow, great deal for the Indians, he was a guy that I had hoped that they would buy low on, but never imagined that they actually would. If he can bounce back to give the Tribe about 150-180 IP with numbers similar to his 2012 campaign this will be a bargain of a deal.

  17. bjsguess 2 years ago

    Great deal for the Indians.

  18. ADol12 2 years ago

    Out of 17 known pitchers that had the TOS surgery, only one has come back and had success. That was a soft throwing Kenny Rogers. Tough injury to come back from.

    • Marc_from_Brooklyn 2 years ago

      I thought that Aaron Cook had TOS surgery in ’04 and Matt Harrison did in ’09. Both came back to pitch pretty well before other injuries interrupted their careers. I wonder if it makes a difference whether it is nerve or blood vessel compression causing the numbness/dead arm or the location of the compression matters.But, I’m not a doctor and this isn’t a sports med blog.

  19. goorru 2 years ago

    His 83 mph fastballs will get clobbered in the AL.

  20. Zak A 2 years ago

    If he bounces back, he actually has the best splits of his career vs the AL Central opponents… stats obviously a little diluted since he’s been in the NL the last 3 season & players change hands… but eh it low risk.

  21. Sufferfortribe 2 years ago

    Brett Myers—second take.
    At least this one won’t cost as much. Nice to see that Antonetti is learning from past mistakes. And Marcum could always go to Columbus. Or Akron.

  22. heemtj 2 years ago

    Reading all these posts about how this was such a great signing reminds me of last year when I was pumped the Mets got him. That quickly changed when he was topping out at 85 MPH. His stuff is flat and hes always one pitch away from landing on the DL. Its a shame a guy who was very solid has become a shell of himself at a relatively young age.

  23. MetsEventually 2 years ago

    Expect him to bash to play by play announcers, you know…the Mets ones who were World Champs.

  24. Bryan 2 years ago

    Seems like a good deal to me with all the $$$ starters have been handed this offseason. I was hoping the Cubs would give this guy a look.

  25. Zach Ripple 2 years ago

    As a Mets fan who watched him a ton last year, he was not an unlucky pitcher. He has a terrible attitude on the mound and flat-put stinks. He located nothing, he has an 85 mph fastball and hos offspeed stuff has no movement and he either hangs it or yanks it into the dirt. Maybe he was hurt, but let’s not play the BABIP and strand-rate cards. Going strictly by what he did on the mound, he was just horrible.

  26. Erich Krems 2 years ago

    Love those minor league contracts. We did it last year with Dice-K, Kazmir and Matt Capps. If it works, Antonetti looks like a genius. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t cost anything. Great signing!!!

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