Pirates showing interest in free-agent starter Shaun Marcum

After their failed attempt to add Francisco Liriano, the Pittsburgh Pirates may be turning to righthander Shaun Marcum to bolster their starting rotation for the 2013 season.

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Bucs are among a few teams that has shown interest in Marcum, who was one of the consensus top 20 available free agents this offseason.

Morosi tweets that the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers are also showing interest. Marcum has also been linked to the Indians, Mets, Twins and Royals at various points this winter.

Marcum pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012 and battled injuries while posting a 3.70 ERA with 7.9 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 35.4 percent ground ball rate in 124 innings pitched in 21 starts.

Sep 26, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum (18) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

There is a bit of concern though.

Marcum missed close to two months last season with elbow tightness and lost a lot of  velocity on his fastball, barely topping out at 86 mph late in the season.

But when he is healthy, Marcum is a  very solid starter, posting career line of a 3.76 ERA with 7.3 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and a 38.7 percent ground ball rate in seven MLB seasons.

Marcum will command some money, but would be a good fit with the Pirates. If he is healthy, the Bucs could have a solid top three starters in A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and Marcum.

It remains to  be  seen exactly how high the Bucs would be willing to go on a guy such as Marcum, but there are teams with deeper pockets involved. That doesn’t bode well for the Pirates.

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  • McGoo_Man_Mr

    I’d be a big fan of adding Marcum. I’ve actually been wanting the Pirates to do that since the offseason began. Throw him in with AJ, Wandy, and JMac. Plus guys like McPherson, Locke, then Morton/Cole being ready presumably around mid-June or so and the Bucs could have some quality depth at SP this season.

    • shet

      I am a fan of this also but it looks like the Karstens signing puts an end to that thought

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