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Shaun Marcum’s deal is for $4 million plus incentives

Jan 25, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that Marcum’s deal with the Mets is for $4 million plus incentives.  Obviously Marcum represents an injury risk, but that seems like a good deal.

Thursday, 8:51 AMJon Heyman reports that the Mets have signed Sean Marcum. It’s a one-year deal, pending a physical.

Marcum, who is 31, posted a 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 109/41 K/BB ratio in 124 innings last year. He missed a large chunk of time with a right elbow injury, but that obviously didn’t scare off anyone.

Several teams, including the Rangers, Padres, Pirates, Royals, Twins and Indians had shown interest in the former Brewers’ starter. The Mets getting him bolsters a rotation that was already looking pretty good, with Matt Harvey, Johan Santana, Jon Neise and Dillon Gee.  If the Mets are to do anything in 2013, it seems, it will be on the back of solid pitching.

UPDATE:  I always feel bad when there’s a Mets signing (D.J.’s team), Cardinals signing (Drew’s team), or the Twins signing (Aaron’s team) and I’m the one around to handle the post on it. They’re so much more excited about it than I am and, let’s be honest, are better at contextualizing it. So I give you D.J.’s initial thoughts on the Marcum signing, plucked from Twitter:

It’s so nice for D.J. that the Mets signed someone. It’s almost like they’re in the real big leagues and everything.

  1. sdelmonte - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Yeah, it’s weird that the Mets didn’t sign anyone till now. But by the same token, the sort of player they want is still out there in large quantities.

    I like this signing, though I still would have preferred Chris Young.

    • blockedshotnyr - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Marcum is twice the pitcher Chris Young is – and Marcum isn’t outstanding…

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Marcum is a good pitcher when healthy. He also fields his position very well.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      P. S. So Matthew is a Red Sox fan. I feel sorry for him.

      • abaird2012 - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        He hides it well — objectivity or shame?

      • cur68 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Real thick skin. And callouses.

  3. bougin89 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Marcum was very solid for us except he really wears down by the end of the season. Two seasons ago he could barely get anyone out when we needed him the most in the playoffs.

    • bolweevils2 - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Well at least that won’t be a concern for my Mets.

  4. dalucks - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Atleast they are trying to improve the pitching staff but we need to focus on the bullpen now.
    1 year deals for veteran minimum should start rolling pretty soon. Spring training is around the corner.

  5. thebadguyswon - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    That’s OK Craig. We’ll stink this year but at least we’ll get to giggle when the Braves get bounced in the first round….again.

  6. blockedshotnyr - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Great signing – one year deal, little risk, high reward – Marcum will do very well in spacious CitiField and is good pitcher when healthy. Plus, the Mets have no commitment to him beyond this year if he does get hurt. His mid-to-low 3.00 ERA will make great trade bait come the deadline if he holds up. Smart signing.

    • bougin89 - Jan 25, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Totally agree. Especially at 4 million plus incentives. Really good value signing in my opinion. At that price I would have liked to have him back in Milwaukee.

  7. thekoobeyak - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Marcum is outstanding when there is absolutely nothing on the line…I smell career year with the Mets

  8. kiwicricket - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Great signing, one year deal for comparative peanuts.
    Just feel sorry for the poor schmuck who signs him after his good season with the Mets.

  9. aberystwyth2 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    seriously a one year flier on Marcum HAS to be better than Hochevar!

  10. unclemosesgreen - Jan 25, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    124 IP last season because of elbow problems. Why stop there? They should get Pavano on a lowball one-year deal while his spleen is leaving him weak and also sign Chris Young. They could end up with the most brittle staff in all of baseball.

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