Marcus Stroman will remain in Queens for at least another year. The 29-year-old righty accepted the Mets’ qualifying offer of $18.9 million on Wednesday morning.
There was a lot of speculation that Stroman would turn down the offer, in order to try to get more money elsewhere. After sitting out the 2020 season due to Covid concerns, his market was tough to gauge. In 2019, Stroman had a very strong season. Between the Mets and Blue Jays, he pitched to a 3.22 ERA/3.72 FIP (137 ERA+), a 1.307 WHIP, and 159 strikeouts in 184.1 innings pitched (7.8 K/9). Additionally, he racked up 4.6 rWAR and made his first All-Star team.
Stroman’s career numbers
Stroman has always been a ground-ball pitcher. For his career, he has a well-above-average 58.6% ground-ball percentage. Additionally, he has finished as high as eighth in Cy Young voting, which occurred in 2017. Overall, Stroman has a 3.76 ERA/3.64 FIP (113 ERA+), a 1.292 WHIP, and 695 strikeouts in 849.1 innings pitched (7.4 K/9).
What’s next for the Mets?
Coming off a disappointing season, this move is a step in the right direction for the Mets. New owner Steve Cohen said in his press conference yesterday that the Mets need to address their pitching and catching above everything else. While Stroman isn’t an ace, he is a solid mid-rotation starter.
Picking him up may just be the beginning for the Mets this offseason, as they may set their sight on other attractive arms such as Trevor Bauer and Charlie Morton. Team president Sandy Alderson added that he had an agent for a player reach out to the team following the press conference.
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