Mets Release Marcum

The Mets have announced, via their Twitter account, that they have released RHP Shaun Marcum.

This move will save them roughly $1 million tied to a roster bonus in his contract. It will also open a spot on the team’s 40-man roster.

Marcum was 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, and was expected to be out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

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  1. TexasGusCC July 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm
    You wasted your Arial don’t on that?
  2. argonbunnies July 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm
    I wonder what the understanding is between the union and teams about paying for surgery on released players.
  3. Dan B July 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm
    it has to fall under workman’s comp. You hurt yourself on the job, the job pays whether it is minimum wage burger flipper or MLB pitcher. I don’t see the Players Union giving away something Burger King has to do.
    • argonbunnies July 25, 2013 at 2:23 am
      Oh, that’s right. I guess the surgery is pretty clear cut. Same deal with the rehab?

      I’m curious, because this move actually seems a little unusual, like I haven’t seen it much. Maybe teams who are paying for a guy’s rehab anyway figure they’ll keep him around in the hope that he still identifies with the team and will give them first dibs or a discount or something?

      Having Marcum as our 6th or 7th man in 2014 might actually be a good idea, if he’d take a minor league deal…

  4. DaveSchneck July 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm
    Looks like a sound move to me. We shouldn’t go through too many Kleenexes on behalf of Mr. Marcum, he will be paid his full $4 mil base plus and bonuses he already earned. At a cost of $4 mil, that is probably the most expense win in Mets history. The $1 mil saved comes from roster bonuses not yet earned. Jeffy can put it into the 2014 Carlos Beltran fund.
  5. Timo July 26, 2013 at 9:54 am
    It’s too bad Marcum didn’t work out for the Mets. I thought this was a decent signing. However, he did not perform well at all. They made this move so they can pay Bobby Bonilla’s contact.
  6. sliver99 July 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    Okay, I am obviously wrong, but I thought you were not allowed to drop a player on the DL.