I think the boozing specifically was just speculation based on this interview, but yeah, there was obviously something there that he couldn't say on the radio.Quote:
“Ah… there are extenuating circumstances with Shaun Marcum– no chance that he’s back here,” he explained. “I think the Blue Jays thought that there were some things going on in the clubhouse when he was there that they didn’t necessarily like. Shaun Marcum is definitely not coming back here, not as long as Alex Anthopoulos is General Manager, put it that way.”
Ah, well that makes more sense. He does come off as a bit of a boozer
Now the straight up for Lawrie swap makes even more sense...:)
So much wrong with that picture. I'd have traded him based on that alone.
Assuming you're right about that, do you think there's a difference between Hamilton and Marcum in terms of skill level and fulfilling a need on the Blue Jays roster?
Hamilton is a much needed left handed power bat. Putting him between Bautista and Encarnacion would make for the most balanced and potent 3-4-5 combination in baseball. Hamilton's addiction problems are what puts him reasonably in the Blue Jays price range and term restrictions. Because the Blue Jays draft 10th overall in 2013, it's protected against forfeiting it when signing top free agents.
Marcum would likely be the 4th or 5th starter and if he doesn't put in the effort to keep himself well conditioned, (not my accusation) then why would they want to take the risk on him?
Marcum also fulfills a need, because we would be upgrading over Happ and we know that Marcum is capable of pitching in the AL. This is a realistic option, because he actually wants to come here. We just need to provide him with a decent contract (3/30 + option?).
Marcum has a lot less of a risk factor than Hamilton. As long as, he's not drinking before and during a game and making his "problem" public *cough* Boston *cough*, then I'm fine with taking a risk on him. You can put a question mark on pretty much everybody on our roster, so signing Marcum wouldn't be any different. It would give us good depth that we need for a whole season.
^ LOL at the picture of Lawrie in you're sig :laugh2:
how does marcum come off as a boozer but not lawrie? lol i miggy had alcohol abuse problems and he turned out to be okay. off-field issues dont bother me like that, especially when it doesnt effect on-field performance.