Should the Mariners sign Shaun Marcum?
After, the trade of Jason Vargas, the Mariners are looking for a veteran starter to join the rotation. Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports tweeted that sources have told him that Lohse is too pricey, Saunders wants three years. The Mariners do not want to give three years to Saunders in a deal. Out of the options remaining on the open market Marcum seems like the logical choice for the M’s.
Marcum would probably take a multi year deal and would not force the Mariners into a 3rd year. In his 7 year career Marcum has a record 57-36 with an ERA of 3.76 for the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers. He has made 2 starts at Safeco Field with a record of 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. It’s a small sample size but Marcum has had a little success at the Safe. Marcum has the same pitching style as Vargas. Neither pitcher has overpowering stuff but get people out by using their off-speed pitches.
Here are the head to head statistics for each pitcher over the last 3 seasons. Jason Vargas compiled 96 starts, 33-36 record, 3.96 ERA, 611 innings pitched, 388 strikeouts and 61 quality starts. While Marcum has compiled 85 starts, 33-19 record, 3.62 ERA, 520 innings pitched, 432 strikeouts and 52 quality starts. The numbers for both pitchers are pretty much even over the 3 year time period. Marcum could instantly come into the rotation and put up the same kind of numbers as Vargas. He would also add another veteran presence to the rotation. This move would give the trio of pitching prospects James Paxton, Danny Hultzen and Taijaun Walker time to further develop in the Minors.
This is a move the Mariners should seriously consider making. All off season long the team has been acquiring players that can be a veteran presence on this young team. Marcum could fill that role and be a very solid addition to the starting rotation. Please comment and let me know if you agree with this move or not.