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This winter, free-agent starting pitcher Shaun Marcum will be looking for a nice payday. Unfortunately, it won't be coming from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Marcum told Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel earlier this month that the Brewers haven't reached out to him, and he's not expecting them to.
"They haven't said anything. I think that ship sailed a long time ago," Marcum said. "It's just one of those things. It's baseball, it's a business and we all understand that. You play to get to free agency, so we'll see what happens."
Injury concerns will be on the minds of general managers as they ponder whether to take a chance on Marcum. An elbow strain kept him off the mound for two months this past season, although he returned in September and made three quality starts before the end of the season.
Marcum is well aware his checkered past with injuries could hinder negotiations with other teams:
I've had a few injuries in my career; it's part of the job, part of pitching. But I think track records speak for themselves. Being able to come here and pitch, and pitch in the American League East and to have an ERA around 3.70 for a career (3.76) and close to 1,000 innings, that's a track record that speaks for itself.
The track record is solid, no doubt. And someone will pay for that track record, regardless of injury concerns.