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Indians “have had dialogue with” Shaun Marcum

Jan 1, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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The Indians traded for Trevor Bauer last month and signed Brett Myers to a one-year free agent deal earlier this evening. But their thirst for starting rotation candidates apparently remains strong.

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Indians “have had dialogue” with righty Shaun Marcum. It’s possible that the yet-to-be-finalized Myers contract will end that pursuit, but what’s also possible is that the Cleveland front office has been directed to inject some life into a roster that won 68 games in 2012.

The Indians gave free agent outfielder Nick Swisher a four-year, $56 million deal last month and have seemingly decided to keep shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who will make $16.5 million over the next two seasons. They also signed first baseman Mark Reynolds to a one-year, $6 million contract.

Marcum, 31, posted a 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 109/41 K/BB ratio in 124 innings last year for the Brewers. He missed a large chunk of time with a right elbow injury, which should make him inexpensive but isn’t necessarily keeping teams away. The Royals, Twins and Padres have also been linked to him recently.

  1. mazblast - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    The guy puts up good six-inning starts when healthy, which has been much but not all of the last three seasons. I’m surprised more teams haven’t inquired about him.

  2. uwsptke - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    It’s believed that the Brewers keep the most extensive medical records on pitchers in the league, so if they’re not in on him, buyer beware. They believe that most Tommy John surgeries last about six seasons before the elbow will give out again. They saw it with Chris Capuano and released Randy Wolf before he blew out his elbow again with the Orioles. He might have gotten a three or four year deal if not for the elbow issues this past season. His arm is probably a ticking time bomb at this point.

    • professormaddog31 - Jan 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      This is purely my own opinion but I think they got rid of Cap way too early. Randy Wolf, sure, because he’s getting pretty dang old, but Cap? I think they jettisoned him because of his asking price, not necessarily his arm.

      • uwsptke - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        He wanted to compete for a rotation spot after coming back from TJ surgery, and they wouldn’t let him. I read that he was willing to come back for $1 million with the promise that he’d be given a shot at the rotation, but they told him they were committed to Narveson so he ended up with the Mets that year to establish that his arm was ok.

  3. Kevin Gillman - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    If the Indians don’t bring in Marcum, I hope they bring in either Joe Saunders or Jair Jurjens, who can be a steal in this free agent market this season. But I am enjoying seeing the Indians stay active this offseason.

    • tuberippin - Jan 2, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      Saunders makes sense for Milwaukee as a Randy-Wolf-type guy, an innings eater.

      Jurrjens is an interesting case and while I’m sure some team will pick him up, he is clearly boom or bust. If he gets his control back, he’s a great mid-rotation starter. If not, he isn’t worthy of a rotation spot anywhere in the bigs.

  4. delidawg - Jan 2, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    While the Brewers may keep the most extensive medical records on pitchers, Cleveland has actually been pretty good at rehabilitating injured pitchers such as Kevin Milwood and a few others.

  5. coryfor3 - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    We’ll there you go- with those impressive roster moves, the Indians are a new team and ready to compete…..in maybe Triple A

  6. xjokerz - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    speaking of the indians, whatever happened to grady sizemore

    • professormaddog31 - Jan 2, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Grady’s made of shattered glass and Elmer’s glue.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Very sad what has happened to Grady. I used to think he could make a comeback like Jim Edmonds had done, after all of those years being hurt, yet can come back and have a respectable career, but not anymore. If he needs another surgery, I would suggest he coaches baseball. He can do that, and do it well.

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