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Cubs interested in Brandon McCarthy and Shaun Marcum

Nov 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times the Cubs “already have expressed interest in” Brandon McCarthy and “another buy-low candidate the Cubs are eyeing” is Shaun Marcum.

General manager Jed Hoyer indicated that the Cubs will probably try to sign some veterans to reasonably priced one- or two-year deals, like they did last offseason with Paul Maholm and David DeJesus.

Whether or not health-related question marks are enough to drop McCarthy or Marcum into that sort of contract range remains to be seen, but Hoyer called the short-term, bounce-back deals “a good model of contract that really served us well.”

It’s no surprise that the Cubs are pursuing veteran starting pitching on the free agent market considering they nearly acquired Dan Haren from the Angels for Carlos Marmol before that deal fell apart at the last minute.

  1. mikecubbie69 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    If McCarthy is healthy I think it could be a good move. I also like the idea of going after Marcum.

  2. APBA Guy - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    You’ll see every offseason McCarthy story prefaced by “If McCarthy can stay healthy…”

    Great guy, great teammate, great wife, but that “if” is profound.

  3. mvp43 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Please be interested in Marcum……………….

    ~Brewers fan

    • uwsptke - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      You’re kidding, right? Don’t let his 2011 playoff performance cloud your judgement. The guy was a very good pitcher for the Crew.

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