Shaun Marcum: Another Deceptive Rumor from the Padres Front Office?

Gary OusdahlCorrespondent IIJanuary 14, 2013

Shaun Marcum?  Don't believe the hype.
Shaun Marcum? Don't believe the hype.Brian Kersey/Getty Images

According to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the San Diego Padres—along with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers—are supposedly interested in free-agent pitcher Shaun Marcum.

Really?  

Just one week ago, Corey Brock of MLB.com reported that the Padres seemed "confident in their options for the starting rotation," and general manager Josh Byrnes said that the "team was unlikely to add another arm before spring."

So, what is it?

My guess is that the Padres are done shopping this offseason and are looking to go into 2013 with a bunch of question marks vying for a spot in the starting rotation.

Seeing this report by Morosi really bothered me, and it solidified my thoughts on how the Padres' front office cannot to be trusted and has continuously tried to inflate fans' expectations only to be let down a short while later.  

Let's face it, Jason Marquis and Tyson Ross are the two starting pitchers the Padres' front office "promised" us this offseason, like it or not.  

I personally do not like it and am unimpressed with the lack of offseason moves this club has put together.

We still have heard nothing from the new ownership on expectations for the upcoming season, no word on payroll, no real news on why Phil Mickelson dropped out of the group—the whole thing just seems like a big mess.

So, without discussing Marcum and how great he would be in the Padres' rotation, I'm going to speculate that the Padres will have no part in pursuing him and will leave the city and the fans hanging—yet again.

Sorry if this was a bummer of an article to read, but sometimes the truth hurts.