Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Shaun Marcum spoke to beat writers at Citi Field today and revealed that Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi was a driving force behind his decision to sign with the Mets. “I know he pushed a little bit. I can’t say how much. But I know he had some say in getting me there,” Marcum said. “And the other thing, for me, was an opportunity to go out and pitch — make 30-plus starts — and an opportunity to go out and throw over 200 innings. I think that’s every starter’s goal. They’re giving me the opportunity to do that.” It was Ricciardi who drafted Marcum when he was the general manager of the Jays in 2003, Marcum also said that replacing R.A. is not just his responsibility but that it has to be a team effort. “As far as filling R.A. Dickey’s shoes, I think that will be tough to fill, having one person do it. I think if all five starters go out there and do their jobs, stay healthy, get to the goal of 200-plus innings, then I think that will fill R.A.’s shoes in itself — having those
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