Love him or hate him, there is no doubting that former Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is about to get paid this offseason.
Marcus Stroman is poised to test free agency for the first time in his career and the timing could not be better for the former Blue Jays hurler. Stroman is arguably the second-best available free agent pitcher behind just Trevor Bauer.
However, it is said that Bauer plans to sign only one-year deals for the remainder of his career so Stroman could be the answer for a team looking for a multi-year pact. In saying that, I think Bauer would be crazy not to seek a long-term deal coming off the campaign he just posted.
Stroman opted to sit out the pandemic shortened season after suffering a calf injury. During his rehab, the 29-year old folded the tent on the season citing a “collective family decision“. The “Stro-Show” is completely healed from the calf injury as he heads onto the open market.
The free-agent pitching crop leaves much to be desired as the majority of the available arms are either past their prime or reclamation projects. With the exception of Bauer, Stroman, and possibly Taijuan Walker, the starting cast is thin.
The right-handed Stroman split 2019 between the Blue Jays and the New York Mets posting a 10-13 record with a 3.22 earned run average with a 3.2 WAR in 32 games. He earned $12 million in his final season before free agency but is definitely due for a raise when he signs his new deal.
Stroman is a personality who is very vocal on social media, however, nobody works harder than this kid and he wants the ball in big situations. There is never any doubt that he is going to leave it all on the mound when he takes the bump every fifth day.
The likelihood of a reunion tour with the Blue Jays is slim to none but regardless of where he ends up, one thing is guaranteed, Stroman is going to get paid.
Where do you think Stroman lands and for how much, chime in the comments below?