Marcum hopes to stay put with Blue Jays

Marcum hopes to stay put with Blue Jays

TORONTO -- With the Blue Jays hovering around the .500 mark with less than a month until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, rumors are beginning to gain momentum.

While it remains to be seen if the Jays will be buyers or sellers, one name in particular appears to be popping up in media discussions -- starting pitcher Shaun Marcum.

Although the Jays have given no indication that they are intending to shop Marcum, the right-hander said he is not affected by anything heard through the grapevine.

"First time I've heard of it," said Marcum, later adding that he had heard guys joking around about it.

"If I do get traded, hopefully it's someone that's obviously going to be in the playoffs. You don't want to go to somebody that's not. Especially as a pitcher, you never know how long you're going to play -- you could be one pitch away from a career-ender."

c Marcum, currently on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, said if he had it his way, he'd prefer to remain in Toronto.

"I got drafted by these guys. I want to be loyal to them if they want to be loyal to me as well," Marcum said. "It's some place I would like to win a championship. ... I've made a lot of good friends here, came up with a lot of guys through the Minor Leagues.

"This is definitely my second home, but if something were to happen and I were to get traded, it's part of the game and you have to move on and try to do what you can with that organization."