For a team that appears broke, I'm trying to figure out the sense of signing a guy who appears to have no future with the Mets for 4-8 million.
Why a starter?
If the Mets OF is as bad as it is right now, what difference does it make? Marcum doesn't appear to be the type of signing that will elevate the Mets into playoff contention. The weak spots on the team are in the OF and BP. Neither area has been addressed.
If 2013 is really all about 2014 and beyond, why wasn't the 5th SP spot given to the winner of a Mejia/Familia ST competition? I'd think a year's experience in the ML would benefit one of those guys more than having Marcum for a season. The same goes for Wheeler who should be brought up anytime after there's no possibilty of beginning his arb clock. At the latest, Wheeler should be in NY around the June/July timeframe.
Marcum just seems to be blocking a couple of the young guys, which seems to contradict the direction this team should be headed.
"If not, which seems to be the more likely scenario, then the Marcum signing just continues the trend of sending mixed messages. "
I do tend to agree, but I'm hoping they made this first signing so late because they wanted to make sure they had other deals on the cusp to make it worthwhile for 2013.
Or, I could be completely wrong ...
If Marcum is the first step, it'll make some sense.
1 - Marcum wasn't that expensive, if he has a good first half he "could" be trade bait.
2 - This allows some of our younger arms to get their MLB experience in the pen if we go that route - which btw is nothing new.
3 - Depth at any position is never a bad thing.
4 - Who knows what kind of limit Harvey will have on him in terms of innings pitched.
5 - I'm sure Lucas Duda will come around be hit 40 HR this year.*
*Please note sarcasm.
Without any additional moves, that would be the best case scenario, though I doubt Marcum would bring back much better tha a B prospect.
I don't know if that is worth not letting Mejia or Familia pitch in the majors for more than half the year.
" though I doubt Marcum would bring back much better tha a B prospect."
If that B prospect is in the OF we just landed ourselves this franchises best OF'er.
"Starting to doubt Wheeler will pitch this year"
Lol, Wheeler will pitch this year unless he get's injured of course. Honestly, he should be up by mid June if he's doing well in AAA.
he should be up by mid June if he's doing well in AAA<
Hopefully before then.
I personally thought that Wheeler should ve come up North from ST and been given a spot in the rotation<