The New York Mets have had one of the busiest off-season’s in baseball to date, and have not shied away from making a big splash or two.
Black Friday Shopping
Firstly, the Black Friday shopping spree that brought them Eduardo Escobar, Mark Canha, and Starling Marte. This was followed by one of the biggest moves of the offseason when the Mets signed future Hall of famer Max Scherzer to a 3-year, $130 million deal.
The Mets have undoubtedly gotten much better since the offseason started, but some question marks and roster holes still remain. The biggest of these is pitching, both starters and relievers. The Mets have already lost Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Loup to free agency, and the biggest mistake the Mets can make in this offseason is letting Marcus Stroman walk as well.
Last Years Quiet Star
Last season, Jacob deGrom lit the world on fire in the first half of the season. Lost in all of that excitement was the season that Marcus Stroman was having. Nobody really took notice of Stroman until deGrom went down with an injury in the second half of the season.
Once Stroman had to take over the role of the ace, he rose to the occasion. Stroman ended the 2021 season with a 3.02 ERA, a 1.145 WHIP, and an ERA+ of 133, all while leading the major leagues in starts. After opting out of the COVID shortened 2020 season, there were a lot of question marks regarding Stroman and his ability to pitch coming into the season, and he laid all of those doubts to rest.
Stroman came into the 2020-2021 offseason as one of the top pitchers available. Going into his age 31 season, Stroman is profiling as a pitcher who is going to last in the league. He does not rely on a huge fastball or extreme break to get by. Stroman pitches with a style similar to Greg Maddux, and his “stuff" should last for a long time. With the pitching market already being set, Stroman is in for a big payday this offseason, and the Mets would be foolish to let anybody outbid them in this sweepstakes.
Never Enough Pitching
The Mets are in dire need of pitching, and adding Marcus Stroman would arguably give them the best rotation in all of baseball when healthy. Lead by the two-headed monster that is Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, adding Marcus Stroman to the fold would give the Mets a pitching rotation that would be lethal come October. With Scherzer only on a 3-year deal, the Mets window to win is now, and adding Marcus Stroman puts the Mets in a much better position to do so.
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