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Oakland Athletics: Should They Consider Trading for Shaun Marcum?

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 25:  Shaun Marcum #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on August 25, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Zak SchmollAnalyst INovember 2, 2016

The Oakland Athletics had "serious interest" in Randy Wolf before he agreed to sign with the Baltimore Orioles, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.

Even though they missed out on Wolf, another veteran pitcher just entered the market and could be an interesting option.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Milwaukee Brewers have placed Shaun Marcum on waivers.

Throughout his entire career, Marcum has put up solid numbers. He is not what I would call overwhelming, but with a career 55-37 record and 3.71 career ERA, you know that he must be doing something right.

The problem with this situation right now is that Marcum has only made one start since returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list. In that one start, he went five innings and allowed four runs across the plate, but none of them were earned.

However, overall this season, Marcum is 5-4 with a 3.19 ERA. While it is somewhat risky to take on a player who just recovered from injury, any team that traded for Marcum would receive one of the better middle-of-the-rotation starting pitchers in baseball.

If the Oakland Athletics were interested in Randy Wolf, might they also be interested in Shaun Marcum?

Marcum is definitely a bigger risk due to his injury and higher price tag, but he is right in the prime of his career. Additionally, Oakland would have to trade someone to the Milwaukee Brewers, so he would not be a free-agent signing like Randy Wolf.

Nevertheless, Oakland is finally in a position to compete for a playoff spot once again, and if Marcum is able to pitch like his normal self for the rest of the season, he could help solidify its rotation.

 

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