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.
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.
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.
Because 29 or so other teams will have the opportunity to sign him next offseason.
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.
The headline should read: Brewers Will Not Extend Marcum
It would be kinda awesome if Marcum wounded back with the Jays as their 5th starter.
If he’s wounded they can have him
Haha yeah, meant “wound up.” Can thank the good ol’ autocorrect for that one.
His repertoire is better suited in the NL, he got killed by the yanks, red sox and rays.
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.
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.
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).
5th ????? try 2nd, behind romero, ahead of morrow
Reading between the lines, the Brewers are seriously concerned about Marcum’s health.
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.
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.