Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin isn’t wasting any time addressing his team’s pitching woes.
According to numerous reports Sunday night, the Brewers are on the verge of trading their No. 1 prospect, second baseman Brett Lawrie, to the Toronto Blue Jays for right-hander Shaun Marcum.
Contacted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in his hotel room in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Melvin wouldn’t confirm or deny the trade reports.
“I can’t say anything about it, really,” said Melvin. “It’s not completed yet.”
Marcum, who will be 29 on Dec. 14, was 13-8 with a 3.64 ERA in 31 games for Toronto last season. In 120 major league games, including 95 starts, he is 37-25 with a 3.85 ERA.
Marcum went 12-6 with a 4.13 ERA in 2007 and then 9-7 with a 3.39 ERA in 2008 before undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery that September. He did not pitch in 2009 but made a full recovery in 2010. In 1951/3 innings, he allowed only 181 hits and 43 walks while striking out 165 hitters.
Marcum has two more years before he can be a free agent and made $850,000 last season.
Lawrie, 20, the Brewers’ No. 1 draft choice in 2008, is a native of Canada. He hit .285 this season at Class AA Huntsville.