Yesterday evening, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Milwaukee Brewers placed right-hander Shaun Marcum on waivers. Marcum, who is having his typical solid season, made his return to the rotation on Saturday after missing nearly two-and-a-half months with what was dubbed "right elbow tightness".
Marcum was abritration eligible for the final time this season, and will turn 31 years old in December as he becomes a free agent for the first time. Since the start of the 2008 season (Marcum missed the whole of '09) he's started 103 games, posting very good numbers across the board: 7.5 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 7.9 H/9, 1.16 WHIP, 3.49 ERA.
With starting pitching always coming at a premium on the open market, I wouldn't mind seeing the Twins take a shot at Marcum. The under-30 pitchers this winter will be multi-year, expensive committments, and while the club will have money to spend it's never a bad idea to limit the bidding to oneselves. Marcum is relatively young, would require a minimal time committment for the time being, has a track record of being effective, and we all know there is space available.
Assuming that a National League club doesn't place a claim on him (which seems unlikely considering the Dodgers are openly clamoring for starting pitching), would you like to see the Twins take a flyer on Shaun Marcum?