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.


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42 Comments on "Indians Sign Shaun Marcum To Minor League Deal"


John Ginder
1 year 7 months ago

Well maybe he will work out better for the Indians.

ColoredPaper
1 year 7 months 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.

North
1 year 7 months ago

Nice deal for Cleveland.

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 7 months ago

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

Shin_Soo_Choo
1 year 7 months ago

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

Comfy_Wastelander
1 year 7 months ago

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

ice_hawk10
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months 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.

Thunda Pig
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months ago

Perhaps he’ll be Kazmir 2.0?

Shin_Soo_Choo
1 year 7 months ago

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

dc21892
1 year 7 months ago

Didn’t that start after some elbow trouble?

Shin_Soo_Choo
1 year 7 months ago

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

Devin Ruffner
1 year 7 months ago

okay, love this…

Trock
1 year 7 months 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.

416jays
1 year 7 months ago

Was hoping my jays get this guy… Good pick!

Jeff Miller
1 year 7 months ago

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

vtadave
1 year 7 months ago

Maybe he’s just not old enough.

nepp
1 year 7 months ago

I’d say that joke is getting old but it’s really not. It cannot be said enough.

Jim Taylor
1 year 7 months ago

If that joke is getting old Ruben Amaro would like to discuss a contract with that joke.

1 year 7 months ago

Now that was good.

Jose_Who
1 year 7 months ago

Nice.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

Very solid signing

Joe Orsatti
1 year 7 months ago

This resembles the Scott Kazmir signing of last season

Shin_Soo_Choo
1 year 7 months 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.

ziggy13
1 year 7 months ago

Wish Toronto would have done this

truroyal15
truroyal15
1 year 7 months ago

Figured the Royals would sign him. Relieved!!!

Zak A
1 year 7 months 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.

Jeff Miller
1 year 7 months ago

Agree 100%.

discollama
1 year 7 months 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.

bjsguess
1 year 7 months ago

Great deal for the Indians.

ADol12
1 year 7 months 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
1 year 7 months 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.

goorru
1 year 7 months ago

His 83 mph fastballs will get clobbered in the AL.

Zak A
1 year 7 months 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.