The American League East is even more competitive than Shaun Marcum left it when the Blue Jays traded him to the Brewers for Brett Lawrie back in December 2010. Marcum is also two years older, and his health status is far more questionable.
That shouldn’t scare the Red Sox away.
Marcum is a real wild card on the open market this offseason, and someone who is unlikely to generate tons of media buzz – Zack Greinke he is not. But while Marcum will bring some risk to whichever team he lands with, the Red Sox would be wise to at least kick the tires on the veteran right-hander.
The Sox currently have the financial flexibility to do just about whatever they want this winter, so Ben Cherington‘s job is to figure out what exactly it is he’s looking to accomplish before Opening Day. While some fans will clamor for the likes of Greinke, Josh Hamilton or some other well-known free agent in order to make a splash and generate buzz, Cherington’s biggest move could be one of a lesser magnitude.