Trade blindsided Marcum

The Brewers and Blue Jays on Monday finalized a trade that came out of nowhere for right-hander Shaun Marcum, who said his agent, Rex Gary, had just begin conversations with the Jays about a contract extension. Marcum, who earned $950,000 last season, is arbitration-eligible and two seasons removed from free agency. 
Marcum said his representatives, Rex Gary and Jim Turner, had just begin conversations with the Blue Jays about a contract extension. Marcum, who earned $850,000 last season, is arbitration-eligible and two seasons removed from free agency. 
“It kind of caught me off-guard,” he said. “It was more of a phone call than a formal offer, just to see if we were interested, and two days later, the trade happened.”  
Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos wouldn’t talk about his own efforts to sign Marcum to an extension, and Brewers GM Doug Melvin said the prospect of similar talks between the Brewers and Marcum did “not necessarily” come into play during talks. 
“I’d like to meet him first,” Melvin said. “We’re always open to extensions. Sometimes they don’t happen. It’s obvious that we’ve got some players now that it hasn’t happened with. We’ll wait and see.” 
Marcum said he is open to the idea of an extension with Milwaukee. 
“My agent is down there right not and he asked me [on Sunday] if I would be open to it, and I told him yes,” Marcum said. “I’ve been to Milwaukee’s stadium and seen the guys they have and know the direction they’re going. I know the kind of fan support they get. It’s something I’m definitely interested in.” 
But there’s time to talk about the contract later, Marcum said. He could be introduced to the local media at Miller Park early next week. 
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