The Milwaukee Brewers placed right-hander Shaun Marcum on trade waivers Tuesday, thinking strategically as the deadline for setting postseason rosters looms at midnight Friday ET.
Marcum’s next start, Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, will take place shortly after his waiver period expires that day at 1 p.m. ET.
The 30-year-old right-hander, an impending free agent, has made just one start since returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list with elbow tightness. Because of this, there is a good chance the veteran will clear waivers so that teams can see him throw again before making a move.
Rosenthal writes that Marcum could be the rotation help the Los Angeles Dodgers are still seeking. Marcum is owed $1.6 million through the end of the season, but that should not be an issue for a team like the Dodgers, who just added over $250 million in payroll without breaking a sweat.
As has been stated before, most players who are placed on waivers in August end up staying put. We saw last week, however, that it is still very possible for big names to move on the waiver wire.
Marcum owns a 3.19 ERA and 8.5 K/9 in fourteen starts on the season.