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One thing we’ve learned about the Mets in recent years is that they like the idea of offering short-term, incentive-laden contracts to pitchers with some upside. Chris Young immediately comes to mind.
The caveat to the Mets’ philosophy is simple: Any starting pitcher with a track record of success and durability is going to demand – and probably receive – a multi-year commitment from the team that signs him. The guys that will take one year usually fall short in one of the two categories. But the issue of durability, while a concern, is what made Shaun Marcum financially feasible for New York.
It’s a strategy that makes sense for the Mets, who are facing budgetary constraints that, depending on who you believe, are anywhere from pesky to prohibitive. Marcum is adamant that he’s in good health, but let’s face it: If his health weren’t a factor on some level, teams would have been beating down his door with multi-year offers. As it stands now, Marcum’s o