Marcum signing just got "curiouser" and the Twins have some 'splainin' to do
Brief excerpts from a few articles regarding today's unveiling of Shaun Marcum to the New York press. It could be all a massive cover-up about his arm health, but Marcum is now on record. He says he's completely healthy and no one offered him a multi-year deal. Begs the question, what held the Twins back from standing out in that crowd of 20 teams? And, why weren't they willing to outbid the horrid Mets on a one-year deal?
Marcum: Replacing Dickey team effort - Mets Blog - ESPN New York:
"....Marcum, 31, went 7-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 21 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers last season. He spent nine weeks during the summer on the disabled list with right elbow tightness, but said the injury was nowhere near as grave as the issue that led to him undergoing Tommy John surgery on Sept. 30, 2008.
“We did MRIs, all that stuff. Nothing alarming,” Marcum said about last season’s DL stint. “We did another one this winter to make sure. And there was nothing alarming. I don’t know what exactly it was, but the main thing is it wasn’t a flexor tendon or a ligament or anything like that.”
He said he would have liked to have signed a multi-year deal this winter, but “nothing came about.”
“I know (Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi ), he pushed a little bit. I can’t say how much. But I know he had some say in getting me there,” Marcum said. “And the other thing, for me, was an opportunity to go out and pitch -- make 30-plus starts -- and an opportunity to go out and throw over 200 innings. I think that’s every starter’s goal. They’re giving me the opportunity to do that.”
He said he has been throwing more this offseason than in other years as a pro to build up his arm strength.
Marcum says he isn't feeling any residual effects from the elbow tightness that cost him nine weeks of play over the summer.
“I’m actually throwing more than I did,” Marcum said. “The philosophy I was brought up in [as a pro] was kind of ‘save your bullets, don’t throw too much.’ I kind of went back to my old high school, college days when my arm was feeling great. I was throwing as much as I possibly could. Throwing every single day. Throwing more distance. Long-tossing out to 280, 300 feet. And I’ve just been building up that arm strength.
He is pleased with the results.
"I’ve really had no problems since starting that program," Marcum said. "And I’ve really had no problems since … when I came off the DL sometime in August."