We could see some more trade action before August 31, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers have placed Shaun Marcum on revocable waivers.
Marcum landed on the disabled list in mid-June with an elbow injury, but he returned Saturday against the Pirates and gave up four unearned runs over five innings. His waiver period expires Thursday at 1 p.m., so teams won’t get a chance to get another look at him before he starts later that day against the Cubs. Given the risk involved, it’s possible he could pass through waivers unclaimed.
No word on who might be interested, but the Dodgers are known to be in the market for another starting pitcher and likely wouldn’t shy away from absorbing the roughly $1.6 million left on his contract. Marcum, 30, has a 3.19 ERA and 82/27 K/BB ratio in 87 1/3 innings over 87 1/3 innings this season and is due to hit free agency this winter.
The Tampa Bay Rays were reported this week to be “open for business” as far as trades go. Normally that means nothing happens until late June or something. The Rays are getting right down to it, though, as they’ve just traded closer Alex Colome and outfielder Denard Span to the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners, who have played some outstanding ball lately thanks to some outstanding starting pitching, and are looking to bolster other areas as they make a push in the AL West, will likely slot Colome into a setup role in front of closer Edwin Diaz. Span will take over center field, allowing Dee Gordon to, eventually anyway, once he recovers from a fractured toe, cover for the suspended Robinson Cano at second base. If the M’s make the playoffs he’d likely do so in the postseason too, given that Cano will be ineligible for any October play due to his suspension.
Colome has saved 11 games for the Rays, with a 4.15 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 23/8 in 21.2 innings.Span is hitting .238/.364/.385 with four homers and six stolen bases on the season.
Two players are going back to the Rays: righties Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero. Moore was the Mariners’ second round pick in 2015 and made his big league debut last season, pitching 59 innings in 2018 but back in the minors so far in 2018. Romero was a 15th rounder for Seattle in 2017 and is currently plying his trade in A-ball.
The Rays, as expected, are using the 2018 season to acquire prospects. The Mariners, who are unexpectedly strong in the early going, are trying to go for it even harder. Quite a big trade for late May.