Shaun Marcum knows it's unlikely that just one pitcher can allow the Mets to recoup what they lost when they dealt R.A. Dickey to Toronto this winter. Dickey did win the National League Cy Young Award, after all.
But, Marcum says, a whole rotation can combine to replace what the knuckleballer gave the Mets in a remarkable season. And, Marcum adds, he feels healthy enough to do his part.
"The way I'm feeling right now, there's no doubt in my mind I'm going to go out and make all my starts and be healthy," the righthander said Wednesday on a conference call to officially announce his one-year deal with the Mets.
Marcum missed more than two months last season with the Brewers because of elbow tightness, and even though injuries probably prevented him from getting a multi-year deal this winter, his old aches won't affect him this year.
"We did another MRI this winter to make sure and there was nothing alarming," said Marcum, who will make $4 million and can double his money if he hits all his incentives.
Marcum, 31, said 15 to 20 teams had called his agent during the winter, although none would offer more than one year. "We took one year and this is a place I like," he said.
The Mets appealed to him, in part, because he knew there "was an opportunity to pitch, make 30-plus starts and an opportunity to throw 200 innings. I think that's every starter's goal. They're giving me the opportunity to do that, and that's something that I couldn't pass up."
Marcum also said he thought that Mets executive J.P. Ricciardi, the former Blue Jays GM who drafted Marcum 80th overall for Toronto in 2003, pushed hard for the Mets to sign him.
Marcum has another Met connection from his Blue Jay days — he worked with catcher John Buck in 2010, "which I believe is my best season in the big leagues," Marcum said. Marcum was 13-8 with a 3.64 ERA and a career-best 1.14 WHIP that year in his comeback from Tommy John surgery.
"There's a comfort level," Marcum said. "John knows what I like to do."
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