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Brewers won’t try to sign impending free agent Shaun Marcum before he hits open market

Mar 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

This time of year there are lots of stories about teams trying to sign free agents-to-be before they hit the open market following the season, but in the Brewers’ case they plan to let Shaun Marcum‘s contract expire.

Marcum has one year and $7.725 million left on his deal and general manager Doug Melvin told Adam McCalvy of that “we’ll probably let him play the year out.”

According to McCalvy “the Brewers have made no move to engage Marcum in discussions about an extension and that appears unlikely to change.”

Marcum is 30 years old, faded badly down the stretch last season amid concerns about arm problems, and missed time early in camp with a sore shoulder, so it’s tough to blame the Brewers for being hesitant about making a long-term commitment.

For his part, Marcum said that he’d “like to stay” and “won’t close the door, but if they close the door on their end, then it’s closed … there’s not a lot we can do about it.” Not a lot except get healthy, have a strong season, and cash in big as a free agent 30-something starts from now.

Brett Lawrie, whom the Brewers traded for Marcum, is under the Blue Jays’ control through 2017.

  1. jason1214 - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Great trade Brewers

  2. firstandonlywarning - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Brewers do not deserve to win anything.

    Actually no small market team deserves to win anything
    They accepted that joke of a CBA, they deserve more of the same.

    Gave Brett Lawrie away huh?

    • dlindstedt2 - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      You can believe whatever you believe in the Brett Lawrie. But the truth is, The Brewers tried to do a lot for him, but he didn’t want to help the Brewers. He wanted position changes and they allowed it, and then when they asked him to move from 2nd to 3rd he refused. I am sorry, but he didn’t want to play here. Lawrie had no intention to play here.

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        That’s a nice story

        And they controlled Lawrie for the next what? 4 or 5 more seasons?

        Ya, dumping him for a guy a season away from FA is what a smart team in a small market does.
        I wonder what the Jays could get in trade for Brett Lawrie now?

        Patience vs Stupidity

      • jason1214 - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        So can you……………..who was the employee there? Lawrie……………its still going to go down as one of the WORST trades in the past 30 years.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Trading him got them to the NLCS and a division title. Doesn’t sound like too bad of a trade to me.

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        Marcum was worth 2 wins and they won the divison by 6

        Sooo yaaaaaa
        Thumbs down that too right?

    • tonyc920 - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Did Brett go to the playoffs last year pal ? I guess that answer would be NO. The Brewers did, and this is a day and age in which it’s all about what you do NOW, not later. Marcum helped but his consistency was erratic down the stretch run, but he helped us get there with a pretty solid season albeit a poor Sept and Oct. Maybe a statement like this lights a fire under his butt, or maybe it’s a signal they want to agressively go after Grienke with a new contract offer. Either way the Brewers will be fine. You sound like a really big MLB baseball fan – NOT !
      Your sarcasm shows your character.

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

        Again Marcum was worth 2 wins
        The Brewers won the Division by 6

        And now they might let him walk?
        When you’re a small market clubs No, it’s not about NOW, its about being smart and having patience

        Brewers lost a guy they could trade today for a small fourtune for 2 wins, playoff faliure and NOTHING

  3. uwsptke - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    The Brewers have experience with players like this in the past (Gary Sheffield).

    Jays fans might think they are coming up smelling like roses right now, but just wait until he starts to complain openly about how they never make the playoffs.

    After they drafted him, the Brewers allowed to play for the Junior National Canadian team instead of reporting to rookie ball. He wanted to play catcher because he thought it was the fastest way to the bigs, but was frustrated about how much time he would have to dedicate to defense. They advanced him to AA Huntsville at 18 years old because he wanted to play for the Canadian Olympic team so he could get experience against upper-level prospects. Then he wants to play 2nd because he figures Weeks is a goner. He gets pissed off because he didn’t get a September call-up, but is told he will get a big league invite to spring training at age 19 if he reports to the Arizona Fall League, but tells the team to go pound sand. Weeks is extended, so no he wants to play 3B… and on and on. And of course he has a wonderful habit of putting pictures of himself on his facebook page that would make ARod blush, and the infamous “Edward 40-hands” picture. The guy is a first-rate douchnozzle.

  4. brewcrewbombers - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Worst trade…smh….the guy was a diva…not only that but HELLO WE NEEDED PITCHING. At the time we had plenty of run production. we needed a solid guy who could come in and throw and be a positive influence in our clubhouse. Notice i said Solid not Great. He did his job as our third rotational starter and helped to a division title. Marcum is a class act while not being the best ever. More important in a small market team.

  5. mnjoemama - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    sewers! go twins

  6. jason1214 - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    God you Brewer fans are easily worked up. Your reaction tells me all I need to know. Also don’t lecture me on small market teams and how they operate I get it. None of that means it isn’t going to be a bad trade long term, does it? Its equal to my Cubbies trading Castro for Scott Baker LOL

  7. redscarfunion - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Not matter what brewer fans so there no doubt this hurt them long term and helped out the jays! Whata bunch of idiots

  8. sportsfreak61787 - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    lol coming from a cards fan I gota say all u morons saying the brewers blew it with this trade are so uneducated. brewers were 2 games away from playing in the world series, something they haven’t done since what 82? they got there why? because of their pitching? no room on their roster for that drama queen lawrie. stupid Canadian. besides say they dont trade him to upgrade pitching, they go nowhere an he does nothing for him. just like he’s not gona do nething for the jays cause they are way more than 1 good player from even sniffing the playoffs

    • tonyc920 - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      firstandonlywarning – Mar 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM
      Again Marcum was worth 2 wins
      The Brewers won the Division by 6

      And now they might let him walk?
      When you’re a small market clubs No, it’s not about NOW, its about being smart and having patience

      Brewers lost a guy they could trade today for a small fourtune for 2 wins, playoff faliure and NOTHING

      I want what you’re smokin dude. 2 wins, that’s all Marcum was worth ??? Explain yourself with some facts. No, you can’t get under my skin either like you’re trying to do. If you were an educated person, maybe you could, but you’re just another idiotic punk who talks big with the keyboard. I know you couldn’t back up anything you write. How about those NL Central champion Brewers !!! What about those cellar dweller BJ’s HaHa !!!

  9. mydadyourmom - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Wow they grow em pretty dumb in Milwaukee. Marcum was a class act all the way in Toronto. But he was also embarrassing in the playoffs last year. AA pulled a heist and you all know it. Just accept it. Lawrie will be a beast for years to come. Woooooooooooo.

  10. sportsfreak61787 - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    hmm a class act that was their most consistent pitcher during the regular season that helped lead them to a nl central an a battle to go to the series vs my cards, pretty sure brewers would make that trade 9 times out of 10. It’s about winning now moron, an they have no room for.that drama queen on their team. ya you bluejays sure pulled a fast one on Milwaukee . enjoy his .320ba 35hr an 100rbi while still finishing 4th in ur division every year, while the brewers compete for another divison title

  11. mydadyourmom - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    You can’t even write a sentence! Hahaha.

  12. sportsfreak61787 - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    you can’t even comprehend what it means to watch a winning team….because you’ve never seen it an rooting for a baseball team from Canada you never will. judging by your reponses and your screen name I’m guessing your somewhere between 12-16. so enjoy another 60 years of losing. if your gona root for a team from Canada how about something they are good at like hockey

  13. mydadyourmom - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    At least my name is original. 61786 people beat you to yours. Go Cards!

  14. sportsfreak61787 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    its my birthdate buddy, nice try tho. ughh ur telling me we root for the same team?

  15. mydadyourmom - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    No no I’m a Jays fan but I don’t mind the Cards. Let’s stop this and be friends.

  16. sportsfreak61787 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    well I’m a lover not a fighter so if you see this u r officially my new message board buddy

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