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Mets ink Shaun Marcum to one-year deal

01/24/2013 1:03 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Shaun Marcum pitched for Toronto from 2005-10 before going to Milwaukee.(AP)
The New York Mets have filled the hole in their starting rotation, agreeing to a one-year deal with right-handed pitcher Shaun Marcum that is reportedly worth $4 million plus incentives.

Marcum, 31, was bothered by shoulder soreness and a lingering elbow issue last year, and was 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 21 starts for the Brewers. However, in 2011, he was 13-7 with a 3.54 ERA in helping Milwaukee win the NL Central, and was 37-25 with a 3.85 ERA in four full seasons in Toronto from 2006-10 despite missing all of 2009 after Tommy John surgery.

According to MLB.com, before agreeing with Marcum, the Mets had inquired about Carl Pavano and Chris Young, who was 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 starts in Queens last year.

The deal makes good on Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s pledge to replace the departed R.A. Dickey with “a pitcher accomplished enough to warrant a guaranteed rotation slot,” and Marcum will likely slot into the middle of a rotation that includes lefties Johan Santana and Jonathon Niese and young righties Dillon Gee – who himself missed most of 2012 with a blood clot in his pitching shoulder – and Matt Harvey.

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