Ignoring season stats on Marcum, Hinske, others

Updated: August 1, 2008, 11:22 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
The leaguewide e-mail went out just the other day, and nobody was biting. Shaun Marcum was the bait offered up in one of those lame e-mails fantasy owners send when they have a player they know is slumping badly and want to get someone else in the league to make the mistake of taking him on. Once upon a time, Marcum led the majors in WHIP. It was a storybook season. Then his elbow began to throb, he hit the DL and since then, it's like watching Adam Eaton pitch, quite painful.

I don't send group e-mails anymore because I know what happens on the other end of them with wise, smart owners. We laugh at them. Offer up Johan Santana because you need bats, and we'll take it seriously. Try to get us to give you something for Damaso Marte the day after the Pirates deal the closer to the Yankees to be a set-up man and not only are we devoid of interest now but we question whether we want to deal with you in the future.

Marcum was one of my bigger sleepers for this season, and I feel as though he delivered what he could. I have -- well, had -- him in multiple leagues, then it was time to move on. Maybe Marcum needs the dreaded Tommy John surgery, who knows, but I do know he's been abysmal since returning to the Blue Jays and perceived fantasy relevance, allowing 14 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings, including six home runs. In his first 14 starts, he allowed nine home runs. Although I do acknowledge that Marcum could turn things around at any time, there's no way I'd knowingly use him in Texas on Friday night.