NEW YORK (AP) Shaun Marcum was excited to sign with the New York Mets because they offered him an opportunity to pitch every five days. As for replacing R.A. Dickey, that will take a team effort.
"I think if all five starters go out there and do their job, stay healthy, get to the goal of 200-plus innings then I think just that will fill R.A's shoes in itself," Marcum said during a conference call Wednesday.
Despite the possible pressure of being seen as Dickey's replacement, Marcum felt comfortable coming to New York thanks to a couple of familiar faces.
Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi -- then the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays -- drafted Marcum in the third round of the 2003 draft out of Missouri State, and the right-hander says his old boss played a key role in this signing.
Marcum's one-year contract became official Wednesday. He will earn 4 million in salary and can earn 2.25 million in performance bonuses and 1.75 million in roster bonuses.
He would get 2...