Originally written January 24, 2013 on Metstradamus:
I guess the Mets figured that if all the cool kids were doing it, they might as well join in all the fun. Now, Shaun Marcum is no outfielder. And he's not even a reliever. So the first major league free agent that the Mets sign (making them the last team to do so this winter) doesn't address their two most significant needs. But in a vacuum, this isn't a bad signing at all. When healthy (and he does have to pass a physical before this one year deal goes into effect), Marcum has shown that he could perform at an above average level. From a three year period between 2008-11, which is recent, Marcum is 35-22 with a WHIP of 1.15 and a 3.54 ERA. He also had 7.9 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9, which isn't so bad. He gave up 1.1 HR/9, which figures to go down a little bit at Citi Field. The problem with Marcum is that he's topped 200 innings only once in his career, and he missed some time last season with a elbow tightness and a calf injury. But this is a negative that might wor...
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