Blue Jays Trade Shaun Marcum To Brewers For Brett Lawrie

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Shaun Marcum Trade Sends Righty To Brewers For Brett Lawrie

We're all official now - the Shaun Marcum trade between the Blue Jays and Brewers is complete.

The righty Marcum heads from Toronto to Milwaukee, and, in exchange, top prospect Brett Lawrie heads from the Milwaukee organization to the Toronto organization. It was previously thought that the Blue Jays might receive multiple prospects, but instead, the exchange is Marcum for Lawrie straight up.

A factor in the trade, and a big reason why Marcum was dealt, is that the Blue Jays weren't willing to offer him a long-term contract extension at the moment, while the Brewers are open to the idea. Marcum has two remaining years of team control and is set to become a free agent after 2012.

In Lawrie, the Blue Jays pick up Milwaukee's best prospect, a young second baseman who may not have the defense to stick in the middle infield, but who should develop enough of a bat to carry him to the bigs. In Marcum, the Brewers get a steady #2 starter to slide in behind Yovani Gallardo.

It's unclear whether the Blue Jays intend to stick with the pitchers they have now, or if they'll make a push for help. They have been linked in the Zack Greinke trade rumors, but nothing there appears imminent.

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Shaun Marcum Trade Includes Brett Lawrie; All But Official

There's not really much more "maybe" about it - the Shaun Marcum trade looks to be all but complete, and prospect Brett Lawrie will be headed the other way.

Tom Haudricourt confirms that Lawrie will be one of the prospects going from the Brewers to the Blue Jays in exchange for the righty starting pitcher. Lawrie was the top prospect in the Brewers' system, and has been a target of the Blue Jays for a while. It's worth noting that Lawrie is Canadian by birth, and while that isn't the reason why the Blue Jays have coveted him for so long, it certainly doesn't hurt.

On his blog, Haudricourt talks about the deal as if it's already done, and while the name(s) of the other Milwaukee prospect(s) aren't yet known, it appears that the only remaining obstacles are the physical exams for all players involved.

Marcum missed the 2009 season recovering from ligament replacement surgery on his elbow, but in 2010 he was one of the better starting pitchers in the league. He isn't overpowering, relying instead on movement, command, and a broad array of weapons, including a devastating changeup.

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Shaun Marcum Trade To Brewers Reportedly Includes Brett Lawrie

Earlier Sunday night, word spread quickly of a developing Shaun Marcum trade that would send the righty starting pitcher from the Blue Jays to the Brewers in exchange for prospects. The trade hasn't gone down yet, but Jon Morosi hears the name of one guy who could be on the way to Toronto.

According to Morosi, the key piece going back to the Blue Jays is top Brewers prospect Brett Lawrie. Lawrie is a 20-year-old second baseman out of British Columbia who spent last season with AA Huntsville, batting .285 with eight home runs and a .797 OPS. For a player to be able to hold his own against advanced AA competition at such a young age is a tremendous indicator of future success.

Lawrie entered the year as Baseball America's #59 prospect in the league, and is sure to find himself ranked higher in the forthcoming edition of the rankings. He was the Brewers' first-round draft pick in 2008 - selected 16th overall - and runs well with good bat speed. The big question concerns his defense, and many scouts predict he'll end up in the outfield, but his bat could and should be good enough to take him to the Majors.

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Brewers On Verge Of Shaun Marcum Trade With Blue Jays

On a busy Sunday, a few teams in baseball have already made headlines, what with the Adrian Gonzalez trade and Jayson Werth signing with the Nationals. We might now be able to go ahead and add the Brewers to the picture as well.

According to Tom Haudricourt, the Brewers are on the verge of trading for the nearly-29-years-old righty Shaun Marcum. Marcum, a Blue Jay, posted a 3.64 ERA last season over 31 starts, with 165 strikeouts and 43 walks.

The Brewers have been desperate to add some starting pitcher behind Yovani Gallardo, and Marcum is a good fit. He's still under cheap team control for another two years, and in the National League could end up pitching like an ace.

Haudricourt says that the Blue Jays will receive prospects in return, and it's possible that they could be making this move to prepare for a potential Zack Greinke trade. The Blue Jays are known to have strong interest in Greinke, and while they also have the pieces necessary to bring him in, they may be reluctant to deal so much of their youth. Trading Marcum for prospects could reduce the impact.

Check out Brew Crew Ball and Blue Bird Banter for more as the trade develops.

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