The Mets have agreed to terms with free agent starting pitcher Shaun Marcum on a one-year deal, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal is still pending a physical and the dollar amount of the deal is still unknown.
Marcum, 31, went 7-4 in 21 starts with the Brewers last year and had a 3.70 ERA. In 125 innings, he struck out 109 (7.9 K/9) and walked 41 (3.0 BB/9). In 2011, Marcum went 13-7 with a 3.54 ERA on the NL Central-winning Brewers. He will complete a pitching staff that already includes Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, and Dillon Gee.
This is a smart signing for the Mets. Marcum was one of the more underrated free agent pitchers on the market and I’m surprised he was available this long. He has been a solid pitcher his whole career, even when he was in Toronto pitching against the very tough American League East. He was probably the best of the bargain-bin pitchers left, and likely the second-best pitcher still on the market, behind Kyle Lohse.
Of course, this does not address the outfield problem, but reports suggest the Mets have something in the works right now to at least help that problem. They lost out on Scott Hairston last night, but are very interested in Michael Bourn. Hopefully they can get something done with him or another big outfield piece, because the team really needs it.