The drought is over. The New York Mets finally broke their two and a half month long drought of signing free agents to big league contracts by adding starter Shaun Marcum, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports. Marcum, 31, went 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA for the Milwaukee Brewers in 21 starts last season. Marcum has been a consistent winner in the big leagues, but his market value was low due to missing two months in 2012 with an elbow injury. Marcum's contract is for one year pending a physical, and if he passes the physical Marcum will fill the spot in the rotation previously held by R.A. Dickey. Of all the candidates on the market, Marcum was the most talented starter available and it is an encouraging sign to see the Mets land a pitcher of his caliber. While he may not fill all of the 200+ innings Dickey threw last season, Marcum should be able to give the Mets plenty of quality innings from the back of the rotation.
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