Note: The winter Mmetings may be over, but we'll continue our "Hot Stove Talk" series on players and issues that come up this offseason.
Today's player: Shaun Marcum
Marcum, who turns 32 on Saturday, is attempting to make a comeback after Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery. He missed half of the 2013 season after experiencing numbness in his pitching hand.
Marcum was 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts) for the New York Mets last season. He had 60 strikeouts and 24 walks, but managed just 78 1/3 innings because of injuries. The Mets scored three or fewer runs in seven of his 12 starts, which partially explains the rough record.
Why he makes sense: The Rangers don't have any problems taking chances on players coming back from injury and Marcum would be a nice buy-low candidate. If healthy, he could give the club some starting pitching depth, which is something they could use. Don't forget, Marcum has won 12 or more games in three seasons, and from 2007 and 2012 he had a 3.67 ERA and a solid strikeout-to-walk ratio. So, if healthy, perhaps he can revert back to something similar to those numbers.
Why he doesn't make sense: It would depend on the contract. With at least two other teams in the mix, perhaps the bidding gets higher than it should. Marcum hopes to be back and ready to go in spring training, but if something happens with that plan this offseason, maybe that changes the approach.
Bottom line: The Rangers like these types of deals, and I think, if the money is right, that it makes sense to try it. You can't let the fact that the club has failed on some of these in the past stop you from looking in this kind of direction. Marcum could give them some depth if healthy, and you can never have enough arms.