Stephen Marek Signs With Toronto

By MJ Lloyd

It took me a few minutes to figure out why I was writing this post. Aside from having already typed out the title. Steve Marek was traded along with Casey Kotchman to Atlanta for Mark Teixeira right before the deadline in 2008. With Marek leaving the Braves, it officially closes the door on that trade. He’s the Blue Jays problem now, according to Kevin Goldstein…

Marek had (has?) a power arm and seemed destined for a spot in an MLB bullpen. He showed flashes of fancy double digit strikeout ratios in the minors. Unfortunately, Marek also loves walking hitters. Which is good because he excels at it. Marek never made it past Double-A with the Angels and Triple-A with the Braves.

Third team is the charm? Probably not but he is still just 28-years-old. Maybe the exchange rate of walks in Canada will help him get a shot in the bigs.