Wow, I slack off for a few hours and a flurry of activity occurs in Flushing!
By now you probably know that the Mets have signed righthander Shaun Marcum to a one-year deal. In all honesty, I never believed the Mets would get a pitcher of Marcum’s quality. He’s not Sandy Koufax, and he’s not even R.A. Dickey, but Marcum should be able to give the Mets 25-30 starts and about 170 innings.
That is, assuming he’s healthy — which he wasn’t in 2012. Marcum has chronic elbow issues, and has always had them — he had Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss all of 2009. Why the elbow problems? Bad mechanics, which he hasn’t changed, which means he’ll likely have more elbow problems going forward.
But, when a team has very little money to spend, injury risks like Marcum are the only way to acquire a “high-upside” player. My guess is the Mets will also sign Chris Young as a backup plan. Between Young and Marcum, there’s a decent chance they’ll get 20-30 starts — and that should be all that’s needed to keep Zack Wheeler developing in the minors for the bulk of the season.
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