At the end of the day, the Mets’ trade with Toronto is still looming in our memories. Had Stroman not resigned with the Mets for an additional season, the trade would have gone into the archives as an obvious win for the Blue Jays.
However, is a single-season enough to salvage the deal? Remember, the Mets sacrificed either fourth and sixth-best prospects in Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson. Kay made his major league debut last season while Woods-Richardson remains a top-level prospect.
Stroman would have to make a major impact for a Mets team that accomplished their postseason goals in order for the deal to swing back in favor of New York. Anything less would require Stroman to continue above-average production with the team after re-signing with the Mets in 2022.
To be transparent, I have always been a Stroman apologist. I was in favor of the initial trade that brought him to Flushing and a proponent of retaining him this offseason.
He seems to be committed to regaining his All-Star form in his last contract year before entering his 30s. He will also have a chance for real postseason success for the first time since his playoff runs with Toronto in the mid-2010s.
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In Stroman’s case, the good clearly outweighs the bad. Look for the starter to re-cement his reputation as an ace pitcher as he helps lead the Mets to great things on 2021. And hopefully beyond!