NEW YORK -- Shaun Marcum has been placed on waivers for purposes of his unconditional release, the Mets announced Tuesday.
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Marcum underwent season-ending surgery last week for thoracic outlet syndrome, an artery obstruction or nerve pinching caused by compression between the collarbone and first rib.
Marcum's contract with the Mets expired at the end of the season anyway. He signed a one-year deal back in January, with a guaranteed salary of $4 million. But he was also eligible for $4 million in incentives, including $500,000 apiece for being on the active roster or disabled list for an injury unrelated to his right arm for 150 and 170 days. (Information from the Associated Press.)
So the Mets may be saving up to $1 million by releasing Marcum now.
The team announced Marcum's release via Twitter. Its only other comment thus far came via a second tweet: "...The #Mets initiated this release when it was confirmed that Marcum was unlikely to pitch competitively again this season."
Marcum, 31, was 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts) this season.