Shaun Marcum has finally found a home after signing a one-year deal with the New York Mets. The Mets are officially the last team to sign a free agent but they got a very good one in Marcum who will help fill a hole created by the R.A. Dickey trade to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Marcum, 31, gets a one-year deal, hoping to reestablish his value so that when he hits the free agent market next season he can get a multi-year deal. Marcum made 21 starts last year for the Milwaukee Brewers, going 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA and 109 strikeouts. Marcum will add depth to a rotation that features Johan Santana, Matt Harvey, Jonathan Neise, and Dillon Gee.
If Marcum can stay healthy he will be a welcome addition to the Mets and he should do pretty well in Citi Field. The Mets needed to do something positive this off-season and adding Marcum on top of adding a catching prospect with Travis d’Arnaud’s potential, even at the cost of defending NL Cy Young Award Winner R.A. Dickey.
Marcum has always been a very good pitcher but it seemed that everyone was waiting for him to have that breakout season. He never had that season but he has always been a consistent performer and he was the second best pitcher left on the market after 36-year-old Kyle Lohse. However, given his age I rate Marcum a better investment than Lohse at this point.
Adding Marcum will allow the Mets to keep Zach Wheeler at Triple-A instead of rushing him. It will also allow the Mets to either give Jenrry Mejia a full year of starting at AAA or they can move him to the bullpen where I think he has closer potential instead of plugging him into the rotation.
The other option for the Mets was Chris Young who has pitched fairly well for the Mets but has dealt with injury issues of his own over the years. No matter how you slice it, adding Marcum was a good move for the Mets, and Marcum as well.