SP - NYM
Marcus Stroman has accepted the one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer from the Mets.
"After watching the presser, I’m beyond excited to play for you sir. I could feel the excitement and passion you’re going to bring daily. Let’s go be great!" Stroman posted on his personal Twitter account. He then tagged new Mets owner Steve Cohen, who has seemingly already made an impact on the club's culture. Stroman missed the entire 2020 season due to a calf injury that ultimately led to him opting out, but he certainly helps fill out the rotation in Queens. The 29-year-old posted a 3.22 ERA in 184 1/3 innings back in 2019.
Marcus Stroman has a $18.9 million qualifying offer extended to him by the New York Mets.
Mets' beat writer Anthony DiComo stated earlier that Stroman was expected to decline the qualifying offer and enter free agency. The 29-year old opted out of the 2020 season after injuring his calf during summer camp. In 2019, his last full season, he notched a 3.22 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and a 159:58 K/BB ratio in 184 1/3 innings.
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports the Mets are expected to extend an $18.9 million qualifying offer to RHP Marcus Stroman.
DiComo adds that Stroman is expected to decline the qualifying offer and enter free agency. The 29-year-old opted out of the 2020 season while rehabbing a calf injury over the summer. He made 32 starts in 2019, posting a 3.22 ERA to go along with a 1.31 WHIP and 159 strikeouts in 184 1/3 innings.
New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 MLB season, according to multiple reports. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that "Stroman says it is not about his calf injury. Only about COVID-19. Said it was 'incredibly hard' to come to this decision."
Stroman had yet to appear in a game for the Mets this season but was working his way back from calf injury and was nearing a return. The veteran right-hander also reportedly said that "outbreaks on Cardinals/Marlins, concern about playing in Miami, seeing COVID numbers spike across the country factored into the decision," according to Sherman. With Stroman opting out, David Peterson figures to stick in the starting rotation.
Marcus Stroman (calf) will throw another simulated game on Tuesday.
This will be his third sim game since landing on the IL. Stroman has yet to pitch this season but is likely close to returning if Tuesday's session goes well.