Shaun Marcum’s deal is for $4 million plus incentives

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UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that Marcum’s deal with the Mets is for $4 million plus incentives.  Obviously Marcum represents an injury risk, but that seems like a good deal.

Thursday, 8:51 AMJon Heyman reports that the Mets have signed Sean Marcum. It’s a one-year deal, pending a physical.

Marcum, who is 31, posted a 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 109/41 K/BB ratio in 124 innings last year. He missed a large chunk of time with a right elbow injury, but that obviously didn’t scare off anyone.

Several teams, including the Rangers, Padres, Pirates, Royals, Twins and Indians had shown interest in the former Brewers’ starter. The Mets getting him bolsters a rotation that was already looking pretty good, with Matt Harvey, Johan Santana, Jon Neise and Dillon Gee.  If the Mets are to do anything in 2013, it seems, it will be on the back of solid pitching.

UPDATE:  I always feel bad when there’s a Mets signing (D.J.’s team), Cardinals signing (Drew’s team), or the Twins signing (Aaron’s team) and I’m the one around to handle the post on it. They’re so much more excited about it than I am and, let’s be honest, are better at contextualizing it. So I give you D.J.’s initial thoughts on the Marcum signing, plucked from Twitter:

It’s so nice for D.J. that the Mets signed someone. It’s almost like they’re in the real big leagues and everything.

Hunter Pence is mashing for the Rangers

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Hunter Pence was thought to be on his way to retirement after a lackluster 2018 season with the Giants. As he entered his mid-30’s, Pence spent a considerable amount of time on the injured list, playing in 389 out of 648 possible regular season games with the Giants from 2015-18.

Pence, however, kept his career going, inking a minor league deal with the Rangers in February. He performed very well in spring training, earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. Pence hasn’t stopped hitting.

Entering Monday night’s game against the Mariners, Pence was batting .299/.358/.619 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 109 plate appearances, mostly as a DH. Statcast agrees that Pence has been mashing the ball. He has an average exit velocity of 93.3 MPH this season, which would obliterate his marks in each of the previous four seasons since Statcast became a thing. His career average exit velocity is 89.8 MPH. He has “barreled” the ball 10.4 percent of the time, well above his 6.2 percent average.

What Pence did to a baseball in the seventh inning of Monday’s game, then, shouldn’t come as a surprise.

That’s No. 9 on the year for Pence. Statcast measured it at 449 feet and 108.3 MPH off the bat. Not only is Pence not retired, he may be a lucrative trade chip for the Rangers leading up to the trade deadline at the end of July.