Originally written on Around Citi  |  Last updated 6/13/13
When the New York Mets inked Shaun Marcum to a one-year, four-million dollar contract last winter, many foresaw him being among those who would be shipped prior to July’s trading deadline. Although the righty struggled out of the gates this year, he has been more than impressive during his last several outings and would serve as a solid back-end of the rotation starter on a contending club. In Marcum’s first 21 1/3 innings he allowed 16 earned runs but suffered from an uncharacteristically high .384 BABIP. Marcum admittedly stated that he tried to rush back to help the big league club when he may not have been ready, and his results since have shown vast improvement. Throughout his last 27 2/3 innings he has only allowed 11 earned runs while striking out 30 opposing batters. He hasn’t issued many free passes -only three over the same sample- and his peripherals show that he has been unlucky. Despite carrying a 4.96 ERA, he has pitched to an astounding 2.90 FIP, which suggests that he has been very unlucky. He’s leaving 15% less base runners on than his career average 75% and has still produced an impressive stretch. It’s hard to see Marcum garnering a Brett Lawrie-esque prospect if traded in July. He’s no longer a durable 28-year-old who will remain under contract beyond the end of the season. If Marcum can continue his steady performance and the market for a starting pitcher develops, he could net a B-level prospect if all things go correctly. If not, a C-level prospect would be the most likely scenario for the Missouri native. Photo Credit: Michael Baron
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