Although Marcus Stroman was supposed to miss the entire season after tearing his ACL during Spring Training, the former Blue Jays top prospect made a triumphant return late in the year and ended up starting three games for the club in the postseason.
He found success against the Rangers in the ALDS and limited the club to just one home run with only five earned runs through two starts but did not earn the win in either contest. Stroman did give up his fair share of hits but limited the damage, posting a 1.077 WHIP and starting the second and fifth games against veteran southpaw Cole Hamels. The right-hander struggled in his lone start against Kansas City in the ALCS, giving up the same amount of hits during his two starts against the Rangers with one less earned run, striking out only one batter. The Royals had his number that series and he only made one start.
Stroman spent another three and a half seasons with the organization before being traded to the New York Mets at the 2019 trade deadline. He was one of the last remaining players on the roster from the 2015 playoffs and made it well known his displeasure with the front office, creating a war of words between both sides that was dragged out between interviews and social media posts.
The New York product spent two seasons with the Mets, appearing in 44 games and posting a 3.21 ERA through that time. He would strike out 218 batters through 238.2 innings of work while posting a 2.5 BB/9 with a 0.9 HR/9. Stroman did not pitch in 2020 due to COVID concerns.
Before the lockout this offseason, Stroman signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs worth $71 million that includes an opt-out after the second season.