The Cleveland Indians may have gotten some pitching help on Monday.
According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports 1, they have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran Shaun Marcum. Jordan Bastian, MLB.com’s Indians’ beat reporter, reports Marcum can opt out of the deal if he does not make the Indians’ 25-man roster on opening day.
Marcum had four straight solid seasons, three with the Toronto Blue Jays and one with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2007 to 2011 before he was limited to just 21 starts with the Brewers in 2012. In those starts, he went 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 124.0 innings, so the New York Mets took a chance that he could rebound in 2013 and gave him a one-year, $4 million deal.
However, Marcum was devastated by injuries again and was eventually shut down for the season because he had to undergo thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. On the season, Marcum finished with a 1-10 record and an ERA of 5.29.
Over his career, Marcum, who is 32 years old, is 58-46 with a 3.88 ERA. If he is healthy, he could be a steal for the Indians.