Heyman says we're still working on Bourn and the BP.
Wonder what the terms of the deal are ? But this seems to be a good pick up. The guy has a good career ERA of 3.75.
Plus, if we get to July and are out of the race ( which seems likely ) then Marcum will make another nice trade chip for Sandy to flip - assume Marcum has a good 1st half.
This helps out a lot I think, and this move, in my view, is further reason why I don't get overly animated about a lack of moves until after the off-season is actually over.
And if rumors are true regarding Bourn, then that will be even further reason... But I don't want to lose a draft pick signing him.
Good news. Still fairly young, nice AL ERA and WHIP.
Now what I'm waiting for is all the posters who have been ridiculing those of us who have been crying for them to sign an outfielder to come on this thread and criticize the FO for signing a player who will not make them a contender to a one-year deal.
After all, the same criteria applies. If not signing Hairston, Young, Ludwick, et al, is the right move because they don't elevate the team to contender status and are not long-term building blocks then surely it's foolish to waste money signing a veteran pitcher to a one-year deal.
>>>"Don't see how anyone can be negative about this move. Proven solid starter "<<<
I am sure there will be critics. They're darned if they do, and darned if don't with some of the people. And I assure you that if Marcum has a bad year, some of the critics that demanded Sandy sign Marcum or another starter of his level, will bash him for this.
As you say Marcum is solid, and should give us solid innings. And also, if it comes to that, he could make a very nice trading chip come July too.
Good job, Sandy. I saw Marcum pitch a lot last year in Milwaukee. Very solid pitcher -- kind of like a righthanded Jonathan Niese.
This is a big help, not only for the rotation, but also potentially for the bullpen as well, since it means Mejia or Gee might be available for relief duty. Takes some of the pressure off Harvey, too.