Tag:Shaun Marcum
Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:06 pm

Brewers cashing in on Greinke trade

Zack Greinke The Zack Greinke trade has already paid off for the Milwaukee Brewers, as the team sold 1,100 new season-ticket packages on Sunday and Monday, the Journal Sentinel reports .

"Those are brand new account holders whom I'm convinced wouldn't be buying if not for the current Greinke deal," said Rick Schlesinger, the team's executive vice president for business operations.

Schlesinger said the team had 400 new accounts since the season ended, and then more than doubled that in the 36 hours after the Greinke trade.

The Brewers will also get their first shipment of Greinke t-shirts on Thursday, selling his No. 13 at the team store at Miller Park. The team has also said it will add a Greinke bobblehead to next year's give-aways.

"I don't think you can understate the importance of a transaction like this for a franchise like ours, in terms of the timing," Schlesinger said. "We are in the middle of football and basketball season, and the [University of Wisconsin] Badgers are in the Rose Bowl. This is a home run in terms of getting that kind of buzz and activity."

Despite being a so-called "small market" club, the Brewers were ninth in attendance last season, averaging 34,278 per game, despite a 77-85 record. Among the teams in the Top 10 in attendance last season, only the Cubs had a worse record than the Brewers. Milwaukee was sixth in average attendance (37,499) in 2009, even with a losing record. The last time the Brewers fielded a winning team, 2008, the team averaged 37,882 fans per game -- 89.3 percent of capacity.

With the excitement over adding Greinke and Shaun Marcum, the Brewers could improve even on that number, and perhaps -- just perhaps -- afford to keep some of their big names in Wisconsin.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:08 pm

Marcum surprised by trade

While we're busy talking about major-league players like they're chess pieces, sometimes you get a reminder that these are real people, too. Like Shaun Marcum, who was traded to Milwaukee on Sunday, talking about how the hardest part was explaining it to his 4-year-old son, Ryan.

"I told him we're not a Blue Jay anymore," Marcum said in a conference call with reporters, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . "I had to tell him what a Brewer was. I went on the internet and showed him [Bernie Brewer's] slide. Now, he wants to go down the slide. I don't think he understood it all. He'll understand once we get up there."

Players in their first six years of service, like Marcum, have no control over being moved around. Marcum said he was surprised by the news he'd been traded.

"There were possible contract negotiations going on (for an extension)," said Marcum, who's eligible for free agency in two years. "It kind of caught me off-guard."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 9:29 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 10:51 pm

Brewers trade for Marcum

Shaun Marcum
Tom Haudricort of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers appear to have landed right-handed starter Shaun Marcum in a trade with the Blue Jays.

Marcum went 13-8 with a 3.85 ERA in 2010, posting the highest win total of his career, after missing all of 2009 due to Tommy John surgery. He had a stint on the disabled list with elbow inflammation but still started a career-high 31 games, with a career-best 1.147 WHIP.

The Brewers are reportedly sending minor-league pitching prospects to Toronto. Without knowing who those prospects are, this looks like a nice move by the Brewers, who need some innings-eating starting pitching. Marcum is just 28, made only $850,000 last year and is under club control for two more years. If he puts up the same numbers next year, the Brewers will be very happy.

UPDATE: It looks like Brett Lawrie, a Canadian second baseman who's arguably the Brewers' top prospect, is in the deal.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:58 pm

Orioles' Simon, Showalter suspended

Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon has been suspended three games and manager Buck Showalter one after Major League Baseball issued punishments for Simon throwing intentionally at Toronto's Joe Bautista on Sunday.

According to MLB.com, Showalter will serve his suspension Monday night, with bench coach Jeff Datz managing against the Rays. Simon will appeal.

MLB also fined Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum $750 for throwing at Luke Scott earlier in the game, in the fourth, ruling that it was retaliation for Bautista being hit in the top of the inning (Bautista was hit twice). That was what caused the umpire to issue the warning that spurred the ejections after Bautista was hit again.

Marcum's pitch only grazed Scott, and he said it wasn't intentional. He'll appeal.

"Warnings weren't even out," Marcum said  on Monday. "To hit somebody like that and get fined, I think it's bad judgment on their part. I have good enough control that if I'm going to hit somebody I'll hit them right in the middle of the back."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 2:13 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2010 2:33 am

Jays place Marcum on DL

Shaun Marcum Shaun Marcum's comeback story is taking a little detour.

The Toronto right-hander had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in 2008 and missed the entire 2009 season. This year he was the Jays' opening day starter, the first pitcher other than Roy Halladay to land that assignment since 2003.

Marcum has not only returned to action but been used heavily, sharing the American League lead with 17 starts (7-4, 3.44 ERA) and throwing 107 innings. He had a rough outing in his start Thursday, and Friday the Jays announced he was going on the disabled list with inflammation in his elbow.

General manager Alex Anthropoulos downplayed the seriousness of the problem and said the Jays are only using the disabled list to take advantage of the All-Star break. Marcum will miss only one start.

"Like I told Shaun, and I told him this in Spring Training, too, I said, 'Look, we're going to be overly cautious with you," Anthropoulos told MLB.com. "You know how important you are and you know how good you are." 

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 23, 2010 2:20 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 2:50 pm

Are Blue Jays buyers or sellers?

Shaun Marcum Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman tweeted that the Blue Jays may be a source of pitching-rich depth as the trade deadline approaches.

Heyman specifically names Jason Frasor, Scott Downs and Shaun Marcum (pictured) as pitchers that can be traded, although Ricky Romero is in the "untouchable" camp.

Toronto is likely grappling with the decision on whether to buy or sell.

The Blue Jays are currently fourth in the highly-competitive AL East with an impressive 38-33 record that places them six games behind the Yankees for first place. With the Rays and Red Sox nipping at the Yankees and all three teams boasting baseball's best records, it's hard to imagine Toronto has a realistic shot at the playoffs.

However, this season certainly has to be considered a success so far. It's not often one trades the best pitcher in the game (Roy Halladay) and improves. In addition, public relations has to be taken into account: with the team's success, how would it look if Toronto started selling off parts?

Frasor, 32, currently has a 5.40 ERA in 28 1/3 innings, but ERA has to be taken with a grain of salt with relievers as their innings total is so low. He is striking out 9.8 batters per nine innings, which is a career-high although he is also giving up 5.1 walks per nine, which would be the second-worst mark of his career. He's still one of the game's better middle relievers who has experience closing.

Given his poor performance to date, Toronto could probably justify dealing him, especially if they replace Frasor with Josh Roenicke, dominating Triple-A and having been acquired in last season's Scott Rolen trade.

Downs is older than Frasor at age 34, but is having a better season and continuing a four-year streak of being one of the best left-handed relievers in the game. The lefty has a 3.34 ERA in 29 2/3 innings and would most likely bring back a better piece than Frasor. Journeyman left-hander Sean Henn  has a sub-2 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas, so there is a ready-made replacement for Downs, but it's possible Henn has mastered Triple-A but not the majors. Additionally, even with strong replacements available in the minor leagues, to trade the team's two best relievers doesn't exactly send a positive signal to the fanbase.

The last pitcher named a possibility to be traded, Marcum, has made 15 starts on the year for an impressive 3.24 ERA. He was one of the league's burgeoning young pitchers before going under the knife and missing all of 2009. He hasn't missed a beat in his return and while the Jays are flush with plenty of starting pitching, it would be especially tough to justify to the fan base the dealing of Marcum. It's simply not likely to happen, especially when the team can slot Marcum in the rotation for at least two more years.

The Blue Jays are caught in no-man's land between having a season that dictates not rebuilding, but being in a division and with a team that isn't likely to have long-term success. The club has quite a tough road to navigate between now and the trading deadline.

-- Evan Brunell

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