Pirates Interested in Shaun Marcum

Earlier this evening, Jon Morosi reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates were still talking with Francisco Liriano. Morosi followed up with a tweet noting that the Pirates were one of the teams interested in free agent Shaun Marcum.

It would seem that the Pirates aren’t locked in with Liriano, especially if they’re showing interest in other starting pitchers. They could definitely afford Marcum, since they were set to pay Liriano $12.75 M over two years. They also have some money remaining from the Joel Hanrahan trade. Marcum comes with the same concerns as Liriano, with a bad history of injuries. A big difference is that Marcum has posted strong numbers when healthy, while Liriano has struggled. Liriano fits PNC Park better as a left-handed ground ball pitcher, while Marcum is a right-handed fly ball pitcher. I don’t know if we could expect the same numbers from Marcum pitching half his games in PNC, but he wouldn’t be a bad sign if the Liriano deal falls through.

UPDATE 11:30 AM: Morosi writes that the intertest from the Pirates is a sign that they aren’t completely confident that they’ll finalize their agreement with Francisco Liriano.

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One of most effective pitchers with a poor fastball (at least in velocity) 86.5 mph

Marcum pitched for the Brewers this past season, posting a 3.70 ERA with 7.9 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 35.4% ground ball rate in 124 innings over the course of 21 starts. The 31-year-old missed approximately two months due to elbow tightness in 2012 and his average fastball velocity remained well below 90 mph at 86.5 mph. Marcum, who joined the Brewers in a trade with Toronto following the 2010 season, has a career ERA of 3.76 with 7.3 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and a 38.7% ground ball rate in seven MLB seasons.
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Lee Young

His full name is Declining Shawn Marcum. Hopefully, we’ll pass on Marcum. I’d rather have had Kevin C back.


I don’t see the decline, he’s posted the same era the last 3 years. Marcum still K’s better than 7.5 per 9 with that nasty changeup. The issue here is health, if he;s ready to go this spring he’s an instant upgrade to our rotation.

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