Thursday we learned that the Mets signed Shaun Marcum to a one-year deal and today we learned the terms – one year, $4 million plus up to two million in incentives. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence but FanGraphs lists Marcum’s 2012 season – 124 IP, 3.70 ERA – as being worth $6.2 million dollars.
There’s many ways to spin a contract when it’s signed and here’s mine on Marcum – The Mets think there’s a reasonable chance he’ll be able to provide some innings in 2013 but they wrote incentives into the deal because there are enough questions surrounding him that it’s not realistic to expect even 120-something IP.
My question is: Did the Mets offer this deal to old friend Chris Young or was Marcum the preferred option between the two? In Marcum’s final eight starts of 2012, he had a 4.32 ERA in 41.2 IP. Meanwhile, in Young’s final eight starts, he had a 3.09 ERA in 46.2 IP. This is not a cherry-picked start point. Instead, it’s when Marcum returned from the DL and all of his outi