The Mets officially announced they have signed RHP Shaun Marcum to a one-year contract.
Marcum reportedly agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the opportunity to earn another $4 million in incentives.
This afternoon, Marcum spoke with the team’s beat reporters and said he is healthy, and is thankful for the opportunity the Mets gave him.
“The opportunity to go out and pitch, make 30-plus starts and an opportunity to throw 200 innings – I think that’s every starter’s goal,” Marcum explained. “They’re giving me the opportunity to do that and that’s something that I couldn’t pass up.”
Marcum would have liked to sign a multi-year deal this winter, but that didn’t happen – he believes the Mets afford him the opportunity to make 30 starts this season.
J.P. Ricciardi, who is a special assistant to Sandy Alderson, was instrumental in Marcum’s decision to join the Mets, he said.
Marcum is not concerned about filling the hole left by R.A. Dickey; he hopes that everyone in the rotation contributes towards replacing Dickey’s wins and innings.
Marcum said he is comfortable pitching to John Buck, as he was his catcher three years ago in Toronto.
Statistics and analysis on Shaun Marcum...
Marcum, 31, went 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 21 starts for the Brewers in 2012, during which he missed two months of the season with an elbow injury.
He is 57-36 with a 3.76 ERA in seven seasons with the Blue Jays and Brewers.
He has averaged just under six innings per start, held the opposition to a .240 average and has allowed 1.21 home runs per nine innings in his career as a starting pitcher.
Marcum has pitched to a 2.67 ERA on the road over the last two seasons, the best in baseball. He also owns a .613 winning percentage in his career, which is 16th best among active pitchers with at least 100 starts.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:This is a good signing. I like it. Marcum isn’t an ace, but that wasn’t the goal. The goal was to get a formidable, experienced pitcher with upside, who could help work to replace R.A. Dickey’s innings. I think Marcum can do this.
The Rangers, Pirates and Padres were also in talks with him, but I’m guessing Sandy Alderson’s pitch worked, because it’s a good spot for Marcum, given questions surrounding his elbow. He will be a featured pitcher, a lock to be in the rotation, in a pitcher’s park in the National League for a year, knowing he can go back at the market one year from now and again try to find a long-term deal. It makes total sense on both sides, and I’m glad this worked out, because the Mets need someone with his upside. He could be always be a bust, but if he can just do what he did last season, he could end up being the ‘bargain of the winter,’ as FanGraphs recently wrote. Marcum, along with Matt Harvey, Jon Niese, Johan Santana and Dillon Gee, could give the Mets better rotation than people will expect… especially with Zach Wheeler waiting in the wings.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:Of all the free agents the Mets were reportedly considering to replace R.A. Dickey, Marcum was the most ideal candidate. He won’t replace all of Dickey’s innings, but he along with growth from the holdovers (and what’s on the way) should be able to produce around 200 of those innings.
Last year, Marcum dealt with an elbow injury which cost him two months in the middle of last season. He pitched to a 4.32 ERA in eight starts after coming back. But he was on his way to another strong year and could have easily had double digit wins for the fourth time in five years if not for his stint on the disabled list. He doesn’t throw hard and throws pretty much everything but relies mostly on a fastball/change-up/cutter combination. He pitches to contact but throws strikes which helps him remain effective. He doesn’t record many strikeouts but he limits his walks and does a pretty good job of keeping the ball in the park.