Indians sign Shaun Marcum to minor-league deal

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Indians will be hoping for health and effectiveness out of Shaun Marcum in 2014. (USATSI)
The Indians will be hoping for health and effectiveness out of Shaun Marcum in 2014. (USATSI)

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The Indians have signed veteran right-hander Shaun Marcum to a minor-league contract, reports Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com. Our own Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal. MLB.com's Jordan Bastian adds that Marcum can opt out of his deal if the Indians don't add him to the 25-man roster by opening day.

In 2013, Marcum, who just turned 32, pitched to a 5.29 ERA and 2.86 K/BB ratio for the Mets. Across parts of eight major-league seasons, he's pitched to a 107 ERA+ and 2.66 K/BB. Of his 188 career appearances, 161 have been starts.

Marcum was limited by neck and shoulder problems in 2013, and he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2008. Despite the long-standing injury concerns, Marcum will likely contend for the the fifth spot in the Cleveland rotation.

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