Report: Brewers Acquire Shaun Marcum
According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Twitter:
Brewers are putting finishing touches on trade for Toronto RHP Shaun Marcum. I hear they are sending prospects to the Blue Jays.
Marcum went 13-8 with a 3.64 ERA last season for Toronto while working 195.1 innings. Over the course of his five-year career he’s 37-25 with a 3.85 ERA and peripherals that seem to be getting progressively better.
In Marcum, the Brewers would be getting an improving, young pitcher on a career path that would suggest he could find himself near the top of the rotation. By adding a starting pitcher via trade, the Brewers have avoided the picked-over and over-valued free agent market to improve their starting pitching.
Word is the Brewers will be sending minor league pitching in return for Marcum. More on compensation as information becomes available.
UPDATE 9:30 P.M.: Haudricourt confirmed that Brewers’ 2009 first-round draft choice and Canadian-born Brett Lawrie is part of the deal.
On Marcum’s injury history, the righthander had Tommy John surgery near the end of the 2008 season and missed the entirety of 2009 minus a handful of minor league starts.
While concerning, working nearly 2oo innings in 2010 was a step in the right direction.