Last offseason Shaun Marcum got a one-year, $4 million deal from the Mets as a bounceback candidate, but after another injury wrecked season Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that he’s had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Indians.
Marcum went 1-10 with a 5.19 ERA in 78 innings for the Mets before being shut down to undergo thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. He’s still just 32 years old and Marcum was very good in 2011 and very good when healthy in 2012, but he’s no sure thing to contribute before the second half.
UPDATE: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Marcum can opt out of the deal if he’s not on the 25-man roster Opening Day.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.