Mets Release Marcum
The Mets have announced, via their Twitter account, that they have released RHP Shaun Marcum.
#Mets announced today that RHP Shaun Marcum has been placed on waivers for purposes of his unconditional release… (continued)
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 23, 2013
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.
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…