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Brewers haven’t even talked to Shaun Marcum

Dec 13, 2012, 11:51 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

Shaun Marcum said yesterday during a radio interview that he was interested in re-signing with Milwaukee, but today Brewers general manager Doug Melvin revealed that he hasn’t even spoken to the free agent right-hander about the possibility.

“I haven’t given it much thought,” Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We haven’t talked to his agent. It’s nice to know he’d consider [returning] but we haven’t talked about it. With most free agents, we give them the chance to go out and test the market. We like Shaun; he pitched well for us. But I always thought he’d engage in talks with a team and get something worked out, and he probably will.”

In other words, the Brewers aren’t interested in bringing Marcum back after trading Brett Lawrie to get him from the Blue Jays in December of 2010. Marcum threw 324 innings with a 3.60 ERA in two seasons for Milwaukee, but got knocked around in the playoffs and, as has been the story of his career, had arm problems.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    He pitched pretty damn well for the better part of 2 seasons for the Crew. If theycan get him for a reasonable price for 2 more seasons they should sign him unless they think that elbow of his is going to be an ongoing problem. Brewers not goong to sign Dempster, not going to pay anyone else, looks like we’re looking at a rotation with only 1 guy who’s made it through a whole MLB season as a starter. I like our young guys talent but I don’t know that this is a great recipe for success this season. And the bullpen and bench are still undecided. Yay!

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    He cut his teeth in the AL East, only a matter of time before the Red Sox come calling.

  3. kkolchak - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Really? You’re not even thinking about talking to the guy? See if maybe he’d give you a “hometown discount?” Probably not, but it never hurts ask.

    Sounds like GM malpractice to me.

  4. muskyhunter2542 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    I think that the should bring him back. Better then some of the arms you got

  5. hodaghunter - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Melvin has been pretty vocal in his support of the home-grown talent the Brewers have developed at the starting pitching spot and this past season proved that he’s actually correct. After the Crew traded Greinke they went on a tear through the final two months of the season to get back within a few games of the division before the offense completely left them.

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