Jays prepared to send Marcum to Brewers
LAKE BUNEA VISTA, Fla. - According to the Milwaukee Journal, the Jays are ready to send righthander Shaun Marcum to the Brewers for a package of minor leaguers headed by Canadian second baseman Brett Lawrie. Brewers' GM Doug Melvin would not confirm or deny the story for Journal writer Tom Haudricourt. Jays' GM Alex Anthopoulos had not yet checked in to the headquarter hotel and was expected later in the evening.
Marcum, 29, the Jays' opening day starter, was 13-8, with a 3.64 ERA in 31 starts after missing the entire 2009 season recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery. He became the Jays' clubhouse leader in the absence of long-time ace Roy Halladay. During the season, the Jays signed Ricky Romero to a contract extension, committing to the young lefthander far into the future. Without Marcum, the Jays' rotation would likely include Romero, Brandon Morrow, Brett Cecil, touted rookie Kyle Drabek and lefthander Marc Rzepczynski, who showed well in a stint in the Arizona Fall League.
The Jays have long coveted Lawrie, a 20-year-old second baseman from Langley, B.C. The converted catcher was selected 16th overall in the 2008 June draft of amateur players. He was the youngest member of Team Canada at the World Baseball Classic and is rated the Top prospect in the Brewers organization for 2011. Lawrie batted .285 with eight homers and 63 RBIs at AA-Huntsville in 2010, with a .797 OPS.
A source had indicated that a second Canadian prospect might also be included, 20-year-old righthander Nick Bucci, from Sarnia, Ontario. Late last week, the Brewers had sent reliever Carlos Villanueva to the Jays for a player to be named later.
As of 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, the deal had not been announced.