The Pirates continue to kick the tires on a few notable free agent starters, including former Pirate Jeff Karstens, and the latest name to surface is Milwaukee Brewers starter Shaun Marcum, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
Marcum went 7-4 for the Brewers in 2012, posting a 3.70 ERA with 7.9 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 35.4% ground ball rate in 124 innings.
Marcum made $7.725 million in 2012.
Marcum dealt with elbow tightness in the final six to eight weeks of the season and his fastball was below 88 mph in 2012. Marcum, though, has been a very effective pitcher in his career, posting a career record of 57-36 with a 3.76 ERA. Marcum is 33-19 in his last three seasons (2010-2012). He’s a winner.
MLBtraderumors.com had Marcum rated as the 19th best free agent in their top-50 free agent rankings prior to free agency.
The Pirates remain in the market for a starter after their failed agreement with Francisco Liriano. The Pirates pulled their 2 year, $12.75 million offer and are believed to now be discussing a one year deal with Liriano.