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Shaun Marcum likely to start the year on the disabled list

Mar 26, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

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Trouble with the Mets rotation. Adam Rubin reports that the Mets have “legitimate concerns” about Shaun Marcum after he had to cut a bullpen session short due to a neck issue.  He’s going to see a doctor today and will not make the start scheduled for Thursday. This also very clearly puts the beginning of the regular season in doubt.

The Mets have some options if Marcum is not available. One is to shuffle the rotation around, bumping Marcum a few days. Or they could DL him, going through April with four starters, which is usually doable given the additional off-days.  Another option: call up a young pitcher like, say, Zack Wheeler.

About that last one, Mike Puma of the New York Post spoke to one Met who is pro-Wheeler. But from the sounds of it the Mets aren’t willing to do it, which makes that one Met kind of mad:

 

 

I don’t know if that math works out — if Wheeler is a stud the few weeks he’s on the team now could mean tens of millions of dollars later — but you can understand how a guy on the current Mets’ roster would want the best available solutions now, not later.

Anyway: Marcum’s status is worth watching.

  1. chill1184 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Wheeler needs a full year in AAA before he sees any major league action IMO. My guess is that Alderson might see what Chris Young wants.

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Wheeler doesn’t need a full year. Just my take, but I think half a season in AAA would suffice.

  2. geoknows - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Who says it has anything to do with service time? What if the reason is that the Mets don’t feel he is ready?

  3. Josh - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Wow, way to take a shot at the Padres. San Diego is the eight largest city in America folks. Larger than St. Louis, Detroit, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas. It’s not some tiny place. Get off it already.

    • seattlej - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Whoa, easy there Hoss. Feeling a little inadequate this morning?

      That comment is clearly in regards to the Padres’ practices in regards to their payroll and their need to pinch pennies to remain competitive. I think the player’s comment is more an inditement of the poor fiscal state of the Mets Han it is any kind of jab at San Diego. He could have just as easily inserted Tampa, Cleveland, Miami, etc.

  4. Darkoestrada - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    I think that waiting to start the arbitration clock is overrated. If the player becomes a star, you’re going to have to pay them pretty big even in their final year of team control. A smart team will want to extend the player before they hit that last year. If they can’t reach an extension, the team will have to decide whether to trade the player or make a big offer in free agency. Waiting just brings that decision a year earlier. And while being a year younger might make that players market value higher, it also would make their trade value higher. Plus, projecting anyone, especially a pitcher, 5 years down the line is very hard. Tim lincecum is a good example. You never know when you’re going to get the best years out of a pitcher. It could be years 1-3, 2-4, 4-8, or whenever. If you’ve got someone clearly ready, get what you can out of them right now.

    That said, it does make sense to wait if you know for sure that you will have no shot of resigning the player even if he is a big part of your team contending. The mets shouldn’t be one of the teams run that way but maybe with their financial issues, they still have to operate like they are one of the smallest market teams.

  5. dalucks - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    I agree with keeping Zach Wheeler in triple A all season to make sure he is mentally ready for the majors. That should be the only reason he stays in triple A this season.
    There are still some starting and reliefs pitchers available for 1 year, 1 million dollar deal. Start shopping cheap.

  6. yahmule - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    If the DL were an actual place, when Shaun Marcum walked in the door everybody would shout his name like they did for Norm on Cheers.

    • professormaddog31 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Shaun Marcum’s got a letterman jacket with a big tackle twill DL on the front.

  7. Last Road Reviews - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Of course it’s money. This is the Wilpons we’re talking about! And why does Wheeler need a full year at AAA? AAA is nothing but a pit stop. Nowadays most players come from AA. If they go to AAA. It’s for a short time.

    Anyone who thinks money isn’t the reason must not be a Mets fan

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Yeah – because only the Mets delay service time. I’m sure if any of us owned a team we wouldn’t pay attention to MLB service time at all.

      • Last Road Reviews - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        This is the same Mets team that has cut cost at every turn we’re talking about right? Or is there another NY Mets I’m not aware of?

        Go to Metsblog.com that’s where you get legit news on them. With the Wilpons its always money

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Obviously its money, unlike no other MLB team. They all do it.

  8. American of African Descent - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Really it’s trouble with the Mets’ rotation, its outfield, its infield, its bullpen, and its ownership. Pretty much it’s just trouble with the Mets.

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Dude, they’re rebuilding. Everyone knows they aren’t winning this year. Move on.

      • American of African Descent - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        No shit, Sherlock.

        Doesn’t change the fact that (i) this year’s team stinks, and (ii) “rebuilding” doesn’t mean that the team is going to be any good in the near future (see Royals, Kansas City).

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        They only have one of the more impressive collections of pitching talent in the entire minor leagues, Watson.

      • yahmule - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        And minor league pitchers always pan out (see Royals, Kansas City).

        Right, Moriarty?

      • American of African Descent - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        Pulsipher, Wilson, Isringhausen.

        I rest my case.

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        Your case was closed a while ago.

      • American of African Descent - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        I know . . . I beat you like a red headed step child a few posts ago, but you have to keep opening your mouth .

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