CHICAGO -- Will Thursday mark Shaun Marcum's final start in a Brewers uniform? The right-hander is healthy again, is a free agent to be and reportedly was placed on trade waivers this week in advance of Friday's 10:59 p.m. CT deadline for teams to trade for a player and have him postseason-eligible. Marcum is aware that there are no guarantees beyond Thursday's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
"I'm sure I would have been traded if I was healthy prior to the [July 31 Trade] Deadline," Marcum said, referring to the deadline for teams to deal players without exposing them to waivers. After July 31, teams can still make trades, but players must pass through waivers first. FoxSports.com reported that the Brewers put Marcum on the waiver wire Tuesday for a period that expires about an hour before Thursday's first pitch at Wrigley Field. If Marcum is claimed, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin would try working out a deal with that club, or he could pull Marcum back. If Marcum clears, the Brewers would be free to trade him anywhere. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke made another public pitch Wednesday for a contender to consider trading for Marcum. "I don't know how many teams there are in contention, and I know that Shaun is better than a lot of their fourth and fifth starters," Roenicke said. "I know that. I look at it, if I was on another team, like we were last year, and we needed a fourth or fifth starter, and I saw Shaun Marcum out there, I know exactly what I would tell Doug." What about injury concerns? Marcum is only one Major League start removed from two months on the disabled list with a stiff elbow, but Roenicke argued that he also made three rehab starts in the Minors without a setback. "Four games is a lot," Roenicke said. "If something was going to show up, I think we would have seen it by now. I understand that there's a little bit [of concern there], but you're not asking Shaun to do this for the next two years. You're talking about right now. You're looking at this small window where you have an opportunity to win." Marcum insisted that trade rumors would not be a distraction. "I have to pitch [against the Cubs], so that is my only focus right now," Marcum said.